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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 | website

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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Photo of TastyTaste
2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium rust-orange, tiny thin head, fades fast.

Smell: A little malt, sweet, but also cooked vegie flavor, not too strong.

Taste: Malty, but also funky and off. Odd graininess, not very good, not a lot of hops going on. Not complex, or very flavorful.

Drinkability: I wouldn't recommend this take on the Oktoberfest style.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at a restaurant. Was delivered by the waitress with no head. Color is a clear copper color. Not as dark as I expected.

It had a slightly sweet floral aroma, followed by lager malts. This is octoberfest?

Tasted like a generic lager, slightly sour, slightly sweet with honey, flowers, and some fruit. A hint of caramel towards the end, but no spices. The aftertaste breathed a hint of spices.

It was quite carbonated, a little oily. This was quite drinkable only in fact that I was eating food. By itself, it lends nothing to a highly drinkable beer.

A very disappointing Octoberfest. I didn't think slapping a label on a beer is all it takes to make an Oktoberfest is it? Way too bland, tastes like a macro with a bit of artificial flavorings. Without a label, people would be all over the map trying to nail the style. As a lager, I would have given it an "Average" for taste, but masquerading as an Oktoberfest, I give it a "Not Impressed".

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper, with a off-white head, that disapears very quickly.
the aroma malty, apples, it has the american lager smell.
the flavor is thin, malt, hop spice, clean.
this is an alright octoberfest, its a little thin, it does have that "american lager smell" which i think has not place in a german style beer.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

When it comes to O/M I expected Lienie's to really deliver for some reason. Unfortunately this offering, while respectable, is definately a lightwieght. Light color, light aroma, light taste with some mentionable toasted character, fizzy mouthfeel. An all around average oktoberfest to be sure. It goes down smooth though. I think I drank 4 in one sitting.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.55/5  rDev -50%
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 BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
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 adammills
2.18/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer out of a 12 ounce bottle poured into a glass mug. It was a dark amber with a slight head with little retention or lacing. The smell was weak and slightly citrusy. There was almost nothing to the taste other than a acidic tinny flavor. I did not enjoy this beer, yet have several more of them on chill. Thankfully I have superior Oktoberfests to drink.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It smelled average with nothing offensive and foamed well, nice head , good lace and darker amber in appearence, so it got plusses for that. Mouth was average, mild wash, average average average.

Taste was the suprise, at first, it was like every other beer but the plus came when the hop/malt profile stuck around and left a pleasent toasted malt aftertaste.

So, first beer from this brewery, a seasonal, not bad. I'd still put this in a average category, lots of other things to try and price doesn't allow this to be stocked in my fridge. It did make me want to buy some Genny Red...

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Photo of scaliasux
1.55/5  rDev -50%
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 Magpie14
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: a orange, light copper color with very thin foamy head

Smell: a smell of fruit, malt and caramel were present but at very subtle levels. More of a sweet smell than anything.

Taste: malty and caramel flavors show up....but leaves quickly. A bit of a watery finish to it....but it does have a light distinct flavor.

Mouthfeel: fairly light beer overall with resonable carbonation and is quite drinkable.

"Worth a try" does seem to describe this beer the best! An overall average American version of an oktoberfest brew. I am more for the big malty, robust flavors of the fall! But in all respects, give it a try...cheers!

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Photo of dmowen
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light amber color with a off-white head that dissapates
rapidly to very light lacing. Smell to me is slightly fruity; not what I would expect from this style of beer. Mouth-feel is thin and watery
but it does have a nice clean finish. Taste is OK, goes down pretty good with no objectionable after-taste.
I could drink a few of these in a row with no problem but I will say it
doesn't rank very high on my list of other Octoberfest type beers I have tried.

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Photo of teg8612
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Rough orangish, amber color with a slightly yellowish head.

S- Weak nose. Husky and grainy maly notes. Clean.

T&M- Malt is sweet but on the low end. Grainy with a slight corn husk bitterenss. Kinda dies there with no hop to speak of. Body starts moderate but thins to light. Carbonation dies quickly.

D- This is Oktoberfest light. I have trouble even calling this Oktoberfest. It will work for those who drink Lite but for snob, it leaves me flat. Not one of the better Leinie efforts.

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Photo of hanco005
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with 12116 and H21043 on the neck, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear light orange amber with a off white fluffy head that slowly collapses to a thin sheet, laces like Swiss cheese

S—grainy and malty, mildly sweet with a hint of caramel, some citrus is very faint, it’s an interesting blend in the nose.

T—mild grains and hints of caramel, some alkaline taste, too. Kind of disappointing, actually

M—thin, too much so for my kind of Oc/ktoberfest, light bodied, moderate carbonation

D—it’s ok, but not a much flavor as I hoped for

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a sixer of this for five and a half bucks at WalMart so I'm not expecting much (although Leinenkugle's Creamy Dark was equally cheap and that one was very good).

I poured this into my BIG ASS MUG for the oktoberfest ambiance and saw a very clear orange brew form a one finger head with decent retention.

This really doen't smell very good. It smells a bit malty with some fruitiness and mild ly zesty hops, but the predominant smell is stale and funky. It kinda has that warm BMC foamy skunky smell going on.

Tastes very refreshing (very very fizzy) and thirst quenching. Has a funny fruity taste at first sip. I really can't place the fruit...it's a little strange (mango?), but not at all unpleasant. A decently bitter hop note precedes a funky cheapo-lagery finish.

It's redeeming quality is it's sweetness and easy going character. It's really unintimidating and easy to drink....it just doesn't have the qualities that we BA's look for. I would recoment this for a non-BA to enjoy during the oktoberfest season....it would let someone enjoy an easy going beer and feel as if they are drinking something special when iin reality they are not.

I might buy a few sixers for my dad and brother this fall (I'll hide their Bud Light and pull the old switcho-chango....we'll see what happens).

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light amber brown body that is very clear with a small puddle of white film floating on top. There is a light carbonation of bug bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- This beer has a pot caramel smell with a faint hint of toasted malt. No much depth to the flavor.

T- This beer has a watery pot caramel flavor this is the dominating flavor with a taste of cooked corn in the background. The finish had a light bitter hop flavor that was nice and pretty dry.

M- The mouthfeel was light and a bit watery with a slight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer didn't have a lot of depth but it was also not real interesting in flavor either. The pot caramel was the only real flavor and it was a bit off.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hate to speak bad of a Leinie's product because I generally love em (except that posuer honey stuff) but this one left me flat.

Wasn't much to the appearance, slightly amber colored-red straw hints of strawberry blond, no head but sticky legs and lace.

Aroma was lacking, I didn't even notice any aroma after warming.

Taste was a step above coors but not very far. The only appealing quality really was the slight malt roll.

Drinkability was as of expected from a macro.

Overall I was dissapointed with Jake and the boy's. Almost wish they would retire this one and the honey thing.

By the way there is no way this beer can claim the name in the label.

(edit) 09-28-10

I didn't know much about beer when I originally reviewed this beer.

Flavor is full of nutty malty goodness, slight hop with a bit of a bite. Mouthfeel is good considering the amount of carbonation.

A good Marzen, which I knew nothing of when I first reviewed.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not an Oktoberfest. It is a slightly maltier version of a pilsner. The aroma is almost non-existent, the taste is bland, with only a faint malt. Drinkability is slightly above average because it doesn't have any negative distinguishing features. An average beer all around, more interesting than a typical BMC but not nearly as interesting as a typical micro beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another solid beer from Leinenkugel. I do feel fortunate that these guys have their beers in Detroit, as they are a nice change up from time to time, and they rarely disappoint. Pours out to a deep bronze color with a nice 1/2 inch head. Rings of lace are present on the interior the glass. Medium level of carbonation. Smell is faint, but notes of malt and grain are detected, with an overall sweetness and a hint of earth that initially smells skunky, but blooms into more of a natural chipped wood aroma. It's hard to understand, yes, I know. But that's what I got from it. Anyhow, taste is medium bodied and laden with flavors of lightly roasted malts, some dough, corn and hops. Not bad. Mouthfeel was nominal for the style; nothing special, yet not bad. Overall drinkability is above average. I'd have no problem having this in my fridge during Oktoberfest time. Worth a try.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice coppery-orange. About 1" of head made of small bubbles that leave no trace of lace but a thickish film.
Smell was quite complex and balanced but had a distinct mustiness to it. Otherwise, it consisted of hops, citrus, malt, grass & yeast. Would have rated this 3.5 or 4 without the musty smell.
Taste was good, with hops, hints of grass, malt and citrus and a bit of alcohol showing up.
A bit overly fizzy and the hop bite was a bit stronger that others of the style I've had in the past. Malt was a bit suppresed as well. Kind of reminiscent of a hybrid between what it should be and a more "mainstream" lager. Just barely decent, certainly nothing to write home about or search for. Has potential if they feel like tweaking the recipe and toning down the megabrew BS lager side of the formula and making it a real octoberfest/marzen, IMO.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.49/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a decent coppery color. This beer "fizzed" like a soda would when poured. Great head that was gone in an instant-very noisy though. Sharp coppery aroma-smells like a penny. The flavor is a touch better-the highlight being the slightly sweet malty after taste. Average body overall-certainly no maerzen. Sort of dissappointing actually. Some of the other Leinie products I have had wern't all bad. Skip this one though.

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Photo of BeerBob
1.96/5  rDev -36.8%
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

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Photo of ski271
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium amber with a small, foamy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a small film. Some sparse lacing. The smell is nice and malty. Grassy, caramel, brown sugar, doughy bread, lightly floral. The taste has an initially well-rounded dominant malt accompanied by a light citrus, but it runs a little thin on its way to the floral, lightly bitter finish. It has a medium body, dry texture and soft carbonation. Not too shabby at all. Nothing spectacular, but when you take price into account, this is quite worth it.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
1.94/5  rDev -37.4%
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 hoffman
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin white head raises to one finger and disipates fast lingers at nearly nothing and laces slightly but follows the beer down the glass. The smell is faint, not good at all, musty almost, very grainy...it may be a blessing that it is a faint smell. Taste however is actually quite nice at first, full and malty...very "clean" finish as AB puts it....which means nothing is there, no after taste nothing. Mouthfeel is water but ok. A very average beer.

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Photo of whynot44
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, very nice copper/amber color with a slightly off-white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is slight caramel malt.

Taste is also light caramel malt, semi-sweet, biscuity. Very slight hops taste and bitterness. Aftertaste is mostly carbonation with a bit of malt sweetness.

A little weak for an Oktoberfest but not a bad beer. Drinkable but not outstanding.

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.
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