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 lordofthewiens
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my quest to sample some Marzen/Oktoberfest beers, I seem to have gotten into aa mediocre rut. This beer was not bad-looking, a copper color with a medium white head. After that, there wasn't much else to say about it. It had a faint malt aroma and a faint malt taste. I think there was a hint of hops, but I couldn't be sure. Not a beer I would want to drink too many of.

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Photo of Vancer
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

More of a golden straw than amber in the pour, a frothy little ivory head pops up and tries to hang around for awhile. Does leave some sheet lacing, although thin.

Very lite in the hop category with the aroma, and the quaff doesn't add much either. I'm afraid this is more of a hoppy pilsner than an Octoberfest. Disappointing attempt at the style. This will be a one and done sixer.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a crystal clear amber color with a quickly dissipating head that winds up as a thin layer of bubbles on the top of the beer.

S - Very slight aroma of malt. No hops detected.

T - Starts of with a bit of mapley maltiness, and ends up disappointing. Malt flavor disappears rapidly, leaving you with a hint of maple flavor on the back of the tongue.

M - Feels a bit watery

D - If you are looking for something amber without any offensive flavors, that you could drink all night long, this is for you. I don't think I would call it an Oktoberfest, though.

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Photo of botham
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a rich fiery amber color with a half finger of off white head that has weak retantion and leaves light lacings.

aroma is of light grain and caramel malts, with notes of dark fruit and an underlying lightly sweet quality that holds the profile together. the presence of the grain is a bit much when compared to the overall profile, but it works nonetheless.

taste is similar, with less grain and a more pronounced caramel character. the brew lacks the earthy quality that is so distinctive of the style, and in turn ends up as little more than a standard red ale, and a thin one at that.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a thin texture and a crisp finish that does the malts no justice.

drinkability is decent. this is a thin marzen without the heartyness and warming quality that makes the style so appealing for the fall season. a dissapointing brew from Leinie's.

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Photo of gpogo
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Brilliantly clear dark gold with half centimeter off-white foamy head. Head dissipates to a small ring.

A- Slightly grainy sweet malt aroma. A bit of bitterness.

T- Sort of grainy tasting. The vienna malt is definitely there. Slight caramel taste. Overall, not much going on here.

M- Slightly thin and watery body. Low to moderate carbonation.

D- There are many better american oktoberfests out there. I'd avoid this one.

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Photo of birchstick
3.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear amber with a small head that doesn't stick around too long
S - very sweet and bready malts; hints of gingerbread as well
T - malty through and through; there is a little bit of sweetness and a bit of burnt and toasty tastes as well.
M - 3 - thin and doesn't have much carbonation
D - 3.5 - this is a pretty good beer if you like malts. There is no balance to this brew, but it definitely goes well with the season.

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Photo of stumac
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dedicated to Bill Leinenkugel who recently past away....

this beer pours up an amber coor with a decent white head. the nose is very boring. just your everyday, run of the mill, sweet malts. the taste is decent bitter malts. Not the best Oktoberfest I've had but a decent American one.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tis the season to try as many Oktoberfest lagers as possible and since I can't be in Munich like my kids and their friends, I've tried a few of those available. We don't get many Leinie's brews here (other than the "soda pop" beers that seem to show up everywhere). So I was excited to try something different from Leinie's. This was interesting. Deep orange/amber in the glass, clear with a decent head. Rather "fizzy" and thin mouthfeel, little in the nose, but a heavy malt flavor in the initial taste. All malt. And then more malt. Butter dripping slick almost cloying malt--albeit in a fizzy, watery base. No hops at all. Nice try, but nothing I'd seek to buy.

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Photo of rowew
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Leinie's label - a bit overly busy, date code is cryptic.

Appearance: Light amber in color, thin head fades to just a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Malt sweetness, just a bit of cooked vegetable.

Taste: Light bodied, taste is not very distinct, but there is a bit of malt, and just a hint of caramel in there. Unfortunately there is a hint of that same cooked veggies too.

Overall impression: This seems like a below average amber to me - certainly doesn't stand out either on its own or as an oktoberfest

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Photo of argock
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Burnt orange with above-average sized oatmeal colored foamy head with a few spittles of lace.

S: Aromas of earthy hops with a leafy, tobacco character are mixed with caramel malt sweetness.

T: The taste is a let-down however with a promising malty start and typical leafy, earthy hops flavors but the finish is overly mineral and a little skunky.

M: Thin and undermalted sums it up. Carbonation is even and aftertaste is mainly sweet tea.

D: Leinie's Oktoberfest is okay but it falls far short of the best offerings in this style.

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Photo of jwc215
2.43/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours translucent orange amber with a thin fizzy light head.

The smell is toasty (a bit too) with caramel and some earthy notes.

The taste is of tea, toasted bread, caramel, an "artificial"-like sweetness and a vague fruitiness. Seems more like an amber ale (and not a good one) than a lager - but, it's a lager - I'll give them credit for making it in style. Probable is, it's not particularly good - the upside is that it is mild (if that's an upside). It has a weak, watery, fizzy finish.

The feel is watery and fizzy - leaves a fizzy "wet cardboard"-ish aftertaste.

A thin tea-like, fizzy O-fest. Not a good example of the style.

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Photo of Slynger
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear orangey-amber color with a fluffy lid of off-white foam. Smells of munichy and toasted grains with a subtle sweetness and some musty-earthy hops. Flavor is not great. Slightly sweet grain with some watery toasted grains and musty-herbal, earthy hops. Smooth light-medium body is a bit watery with a moderately crisp carbonation. Not one of the best as I suspected it may not be.

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

Bought a sixer of this at Binny's here in Chicago because I was in an Oktoberfest mood. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is nice and amber with a moderate amount of head and carbonation trailing from the bottom of the glass. Not a bad looking beer from the get go, but nothing to write home about.

Smell was faint with spices and a few choice malts, but overall had a watery covering and light aromas connected to it.

Taste was decent at best. While it is an Oktoberfest (and those are delicious) it came off rather watery and somewhat lighter than a typical marzen. It's a good thirst quencher, but aside from that it's somewhat of an average brew.

Mouthfeel was quite watery like its taste and the frothiness didn't remain intact going down. Pretty average all around, but not bad.

Drinkability is pretty good. If you're in the mood for a moderately cheap Oktoberfest, this is a good six-pack to go with. Other than that, it's pretty much your basic holiday beer.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with small head, no lacing. Copper in color.

Aroma is faint, slight sweet grainy corn.

Slight hop bite takes away from the subdued malt profile.

Mouthfeel is light with a slight pils bite , good carbonation.

Overall a refreshing beer I don't mind drinking.

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Photo of Berticus
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe im just not a fan of Marzens but this particular seasonal from Leinie wasnt as good as their other seasonals.
It is everthing you would expect from an octoberfest except there isnt enough malt flavor to compensate for the ABV.
Thats just my opinion, and its hard to compare to sam adams.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that maintains. Decent lacing on the glass.

Light caramel malt aroma with a mild toasted nuttiness. A bit of herbal hops is notable.

Caramel malty taste upfront leading into a mild toasted nuttiness. Herbal hops apper midway and have a slight sharpness to them, although not many IBUs to boot. Finishes dry and rather clean with a slight lingering blend of nuttiness and herbal hops.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

While not a "top tier" O-fest by any means, it meets the basic characteristics of the style and is easy enough to drink. Decent choice for the price.

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Photo of orcasteve
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

strong corn flavor and some hops at the end, to much carbonation and not impresed with this offering at all, i love this stile but this is a sad offring at best, i am glad that i only bought the one bottle of this one. maby i will try one next year but not in any rush to do so

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Photo of gmfessen
3.01/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a golden-copper color with a dense, one-finger, creamy looking head. The smell is malty as one might expect from the style, amber and slightly toasted grains are present. Not a whole lot more discernable about it for me. The taste is reflective of the nose; a solid amber malty backbone with hopping to balance but no hop presence, finishes slightly bitter. The mouthfeel isn't quite as dense as I would expect from the style, a light-medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is not bad, but not outstanding either. Same with the beer overall, not bad but very underwhelming.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.18/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle out of a six pack from Blue Dog in Lansdale. From what I understand, the six pack was on a table by the window. Not sure how much light these babies had to withstand. Poured into a pint glass.

Deep amber color, decent size head, no lacing, somewhat poor retention. After about 15 minutes all trace of foam and bubbles is gone.

Smell is slightly grainy and earthy, not bad but underwhelming.

Taste is also pretty weak. Some malt sweetness but not much else that i can detect. Finishes kind of like water.

Mouthfeel is fairly watery. Carbonation seems about right, though.

I guess you could call this drinkable in that it isn't offensive or challenging to drink, but I don't think that is really in the keeping of the spirit of BA. If this wasn't in the fridge, I wouldn't have another. Not good and not worth paying craft prices when you could get innumerable Oktoberfest beers that are much better.

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Photo of marcpal
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from my October sample pack of fest beers. After reading reviews, I wasnt eager to try this one but have to disagree with most- not bad at all.

A: Dark orange, nearly brown. Simply put, a little dark for a marzen. Colors of autumn. Big bubbles on this one, some lacing and off white khaki head.

S: Caramel, bready and ample sweetness. Mild sweetness, something of butter that is a bit offputting? Not the strength of this beer.

T: Malty like the smell with a drop of hops added in. Bready, search for the alcohol and you find it behind the caramel. Sweetness far more apparent as it warms. The weird butter and butterscotch aroma does not carry over to the taste which Im happy about.

M: Light enough for an octoberfest. Pretty darn smooth and carries some taste well.

D: For the most part, a good beer to drink. The taste is better than the nose and good character carried through. Has its faults but in the long run, Im a pretty big fan of this one. Nice little surprise. Surely not great, but not awful as many others seem to feel.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a copper color with a thin fizzy off-white head.

S- The aroma is on the malty side like a good Oktoberfest should be, but it smells more like a cheap macro lager than a high quality Oktoberfest.

T- The taste features some toasted malts and low hop bitterness. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but there are many Oktoberfests that I prefer. Don't know if I will purchase this one again.

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Photo of larsee01
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-Clear, autumn-reddish pour with modest head and lots of carbonation.

S--Pleasant, but nothing to write home about. Balanced hops and sugary malt.

T--Starts clean and uninspiring, but some flavor emerges gradually. Bready, mildly malty. Some barely detectable coffee darkness and hop bitter follows. Rather simple

M--starts clean, but a bit soapy-feeling.


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Photo of pphunkdelux
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thankfully this was not my first Oktberfest of the season. I was not impressed at all. I've been horribly broke as of late and have been drinking nothing but Hamm's and Pabst. When a friend brought along a sixer of Sam Adams Oktoberfest to a camping trip this weekend, I decided it was time for drastic measures. I went (relatively) hungry for two days so that i could afford to pick myself up some "good" beer.

The appearnce was average, it has the right color but it lacks in head.

I had to practically stick my nose in the beer before I could smell it. Once I did smell it I was left thinking "that's it?" I don't think my nose is clogged but I swear I've had MGD's that had more smell than this.

The taste was watered down. The underlying aftertaste of an Okterberfest is there, and I was pleased about that, but I could have used a bit more up front. It just didn't give me that "ahhh, this is why I love September" kind of taste.

The mouthfeel was weak and over-carbonated.

I give drinkability a 4 because I've been drinking nothing but cheap beers for the past two months. Right now I would have no problem drinking these until I was falling over.

Overall I'm not impressed one bit. This could have been a better beer. Being that I'm from the great land of Wisconsin I always give my local beers a fighting chance, this one unfortunately never should have happened. Lately Leinenkugels has been hit or miss with me. Hit with Creamy Dark, miss with Summer Shandy. Hit with Red, miss with Sunset Wheat. Hit with Honey Weiss, miss with Oktoberfest. Can't win 'em all.

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Photo of vicg12
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Not a good Octoberfest beer. It was the correct color but thats about it. The taste was way off, I would not even call it an Octoberfest. I am not sure what to think about Leinenkugel with all their weird beers but this one def. did not help. Don't even bother trying this one, just stay away.

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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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