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

12oz brown bottle

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest was amber in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with decent retention and left a little spotty lace behind. The aroma was toasted malt. The taste was toasted malt and hops with a little sweetness upfront and a semi-dry finish. It was medium-light in body with plenty carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's an average beer, but a little thin for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of morimech
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy 2-fingered head that disapates quickly leaving slight lacing.

It smells of sweet malt. Maybe a hop, floral smell but I couldn't say for sure. Just not much else to say about the aroma

It has a sweet malty taste. Nothing too complex. No hop bitterness but I would have liked a deeper malt taste. If that makes any sense.

A fairly light beer with a slight fizz on the tongue. Could drink a few of these quit easily. Nothing great here but it is a decent beer to enjoy on a cool afternoon. I would buy it again if I could find it for a discounted price.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale see-through orange color. Head is offwhite that fades to almost nothing. Lacing is minimal.

S - Bitter green smelling maltiness, fair sweetness, and a little cinnamon.

T - Creamy caramel maltiness matched with a bitter hop finish. Some faint honey sweetness in there too.

M - Light consistency with a slight carbonation bite.

D - Average tasting oktoberfest style beer. Just average.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked this one. Buyed it to try it, was nicely priced, and I love Oktoberfests, so gave it a whirl when I found it. Smells of caramel and munich malts, no hops to speak of, at least undetectable, but the style requires little anyway. Had a little lacing and decent head. Tasted good. Rich malts with a nice caramel front and back, and as most Oktober's, easy to drink. Will check it out again.

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Photo of SMark
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously at 46 degrees resulting in a 2 finger head. Went away in a couple of minutes and left very little lacing. Copper-Amber tint.

Hint of malt during pour but not much after that.

Nothing much to distinguish here. A good average October sipper.

Pleasant enough but no lingering effects and again average.

Better than most run of the mill but nothing to seek out when others are out there at similar prices.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a finger and a half creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a multi layered graininess with the possible adjunct aroma present. A respectable noble hop aroma as well.

The taste was upfront grainy and husky with a touch of caramel sweetness. An excellent spicy and suprisingly citrusy hop flavor. Good biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps a bit thin but not bad. Very clean.

Overall a very tasty and drinkable Octoberfest. Perhaps not that authentic style wise, but certainly a good sessionable beer. I was pleasantly suprised.

Thanks to mac56 for this one.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.32/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed on September 17, 2005 at the Big Lake Brewfest. Light dusty malt aroma. Clear orange with off-white head. Nasty plant malt, without much of anything. Extremely bland finish. This is worthless. Both skunky and sugary, not it doesn't really have any merit in the style.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a clear shade of orange-copper. Two and a half fingers of creamy, egg-shell tinted head show decent retention and light spotty lacing. Crystal malt and dextrins in the nose, with a subtle flowery hop aroma. Caramel sweetness upfront, follwed by an indistinct adjunct taste. Lighter flavor, but non-offensive. Dry aftertaste, spicy tettnanger hop flavor and a great deal of bland hop bitterness. Thin bodied with high carbonation that creates a light and crisp mouthfeel. Dextrinous finish showing a hint of toasty Vienna malt, with a stubborn hop bitterness that really throws the balance off. This has a good drinkability, but given the lack of malt character and assertive hops, it seems to miss the point of the style.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz. bottle a clear orangish amber. Off white head, 1/4 to 1/2 (depending upon the pour). Fades to a small cloud, ring around the glass, no lacing. Looks alright.

Smell: Some malts, slightly sweet, weak.

Taste: Slightly malty, also slightly sweet. There is no hop bitterness, which is ok to me, I really don't expect much for the style. However, I do like these to be a little more malty than this.

Mouthfeel: A little light in body, slight carbonation that is a little prickly.

Drinkability: It's an easy to drink, sessionable beer; but probably not recommended as far as Oktoberfest go. There are simply too many better beers available.

Overall this is a skipable O-fest, unless you are looking for a cheap (I got my 6-pack for $4.99), low flavor, highly consumable, O-fest beer. I am really not liking Leinenkugel's seasonal offerings.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.4/5  rDev -22.8%
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 -19.6%
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 +6.4%
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 +22.2%
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 -50.2%
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 +1.3%
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 adammills
2.18/5  rDev -29.9%
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 +3.9%
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 -50.2%
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 -6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 -12.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -10.6%
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 -10%
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 +22.2%
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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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.11 out of 5 based on 1,688 ratings.
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