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

Poured from bottle

A: Medium amber color with some lacing

S: Grainy and hints of caramel. Also could make out a slight bread-like aroma. Nothing overwhelming

T: Slighly malty and the slightest hint of hops. Could also taste a minimal caramel presence. Tatse was ok.

D: Drank like a below average marzen lager. Wasn't awful, but nothing stood out. You could down a few in a sitting, but don't think I would go out of my way for this Octoberfest again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very light amber, fizzy half finger head.

S- Assertive toasted malt aroma.

T- Mild caramel liek malt sweetness lending way almost imediately to more of a toasted malt profile. Noble hops join this toasty flavor and ride off into the finish.

M- A little light, more carbonated than most.

D- A little too toasty to just throwback.

This would be a really good oktoberfest if there was a little more caramel sweetness to round out the malt profile.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Appearance: Dark-copper, tawny, ruddy hue with a minimal head, rising carbonation, and minor lacing...
Smell: Subtle, malty, caramel-laden aroma...
Taste: Crisp, refreshing, medium-bodied flavor with nuances of bread, butter, a tinge of vanilla, and slight caramel... Thick on the malts with hints of biscuits...
Overall, not a bad American attempt at a classic German style...
Nothing above and beyond...

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

Poured from bottle in pint glass.

A: Typical marzen coloring, half finger of head that dissipated quickly. High carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Alcohol on nose, I get an almost tea like scent as well. Average at best.

T & M: Not much there to be honest, the main thing I noticed with the taste was the finish which was bitter and slightly astringent. Still had tea like tones which I have not picked up in other marzens either.

D: Definitely on the wrong side of my favorite Oktoberfest list. Don't thing I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of KI9A
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bottle pour into tulip glass. Copper color, fast fading head.

S: Fruity hops, roasted malt.

T: Seems "dumbed down". Hints of hops and malts trying to bust out. Finishes with slight bitterness.

M/D: Clean mouthfeel, maybe too much carbonation..much like a macro-lager. Reminds me of a "beginners" Marzen. Easy to drink a bunch of these, but, not what I'm looking for in a O-fest/Marz beer.

Not a real good effort, but, keep trying!

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Photo of Greggy
3.59/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper orange color. Small head recedes quickly. No lacing.

S- baked Pumpkin seed, caramel, fresh bakers flour. Malty, but the baked pumpkin seed is the main component for me.

T-Caramel, Raisin, pumpkin seed, dry finish.

M- Low Carb, decent finish.

D- Decent, but probably wouldn't have again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just showed up today in Casper.

A clear sparkling orange amber colour with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to some spotting and a ring around the glass. Some lacing.

The smell light notes of caramel and grain and a rather strong metallic nose. This doesn't bode too well unless the taste kicks in with some good flavour.

The taste has notes of caramel, bread, a bit of fruitiness, and a touch of lemon hop bitterness and I do mean just a touch, but I wasn't really looking for any so it's cool. Ok, the finish gets a little bitter and in not that good a way so this one is not doing much for me in my current search for Oktoberfests.

The mouthfeel is light but slick on the tongue and the carbonation is mediumish.

Well, first of the style to show up in town and actually, the first time the Leinie's has shown up here and..I don't find it to be a well rounded brew...no symphany of flavours here. Too bad. ;^(

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Photo of Hibernator
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink # 12018 A12064
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours an amber brown with orange highlights.

The nose is bland and average at best with whiffs of a strange metallic funk.

A smooth lager and a malty beer overall. The mouthfeel is a tad watery however. Syrupy with hints of caramel and maple. Give me a strong malt presence in this beer, please - a decent Oktoberfest

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Photo of nrbw23
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a light golden orange color. Decent off white head and lacing. Little lighter than I was expecting.

S- Really weak here. Light caramel and bready malts.

T- Again way too weak for me. Sweet and caramel malts.

M- Over light in body and carbonation.

D- I was very disappointed in this one. There's just so many better so I'll just have to pass.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden brown with minimum activity and a two finger head. The head quickly diminished to a nice lacing that clung to the sides of the stein.

A light sweet malt smell that is dominated by a bitter hop smell.

It tasted sharp, bitter and full of hops. I could barely taste the malt at first. It had a dry malty finish. Overall it was moderately smooth.

Verfy drinkable but there are others more drinkable. It is well worth the time to sit down with a few and enjoy on a nice evening.

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Photo of KeefD
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First in a mixed sixer of Oktoberfest beers to be consumed in the next few days.

Pours a bright orange/copper color with a small tan head and no lacing. Nutty, bready aroma, a bit of metallic notes. Taste is the same as the nose. Nutty, biscuity, mildly sweet, dry and slighlty bitter on the finish. Not enough caramel malt in the flavor profile to make it stand out, but a decent flavor nonetheless. A bit thin and watery on the tongue. Easily a sessionable Ofest.

A nice flavor but not really what I look for in an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of kinger
2.16/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lousy marzen presented by a usually decent brewer. Aroma is non-existent, appearance is good with a nice bronze color and small creamy head. average feel here with a weak finish. Flavor is decent for a standard lager but falls fairly short for an oktoberfest. I have a sneaking suspicion that Leinenkugel's may be falling to the wayward hands of their owner, I only hope their other brews aren't being compromised by cheap ingredients.

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Photo of WJVII
2.51/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very orange copper color. There was a thin off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is very mild, some malt, light spice noticeable. The taste is thin with a little alcohol in the finish. Some decent hops flavor, but relatively unnoticeable and forgettable taste. This is a mediocre brew from Lenie's for whom I respect most of the beer they brew. Not their best work here.

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Photo of rye726
1.8/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As with most of Leinkugel's beers, this leans more towards a macro than a micro. It pours a clear copper color with a suddy light beige head. The nose is grainy with some spices. The taste is mostly weak malt and old hops. Body is light and fizzy. Not the best example of the style.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
1.88/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Leinenkugels is one of those breweries that hangs in the shaded areas between respectful craft breweries and evil microbreweries. I'm not sure how much rice and corn that Miller forces down Leine's process if at all, but I do still have some respect left for Leine's.

With that being said, I hope they cancel their failed attempt at an Oktoberfest. While Leine's does make some good beers, I'm convinced that this Oktoberfest was nothing more than their regular Leinenkugels lager with some food coloring. Way to go, Miller.

So if you like Leinenkugels original, of which I do find to be a pretty good lager, then you'll like this. Its just mis-labeled as an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours out about half and half foam and beer. Creamy head leaving a craggy pattern of lace behind. Underneath it is a coppery brew with great clarity. The head melts pretty fast, leaving a chunky, patchy covering.

Aroma - soft aroma of malts, a light element of roastiness to them. Low-key, not necessarily thin though. Just easy-going and persistent.

Taste - a nice measure of toasted malts, paired with a general grainy flavor. Little if any hop presence to this bottle, just a touch on the swallow. Fresher samples have demonstrated a decent note of balancing bitterness, I imagine the closer you get to Halloween, the more faded the hop note will be. The finish is mildly dry with a shadow of the toasty grain. Kind of plain but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - crisp body, somewhat thin as well.

Drinkability - easily sessionable but I'd generally go for something with a little more roast/toast to it for an OFest. Doesn't stand up against its similarly priced peers of the style.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a pleasing copper color with a light tan head, but the taste is quite nondescript. Flavor is basically just malt with a bit of grass or earthiness to it, though it does have a light, crisp finish that makes me think it could be consumed in large quantities if taste or complexity aren’t really concerns.

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Photo of DackAchan
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Good look, rich golden amber with a nice 1 finger head that turns lacey and sticks around the edges.

S- Okay smell, slight malt smell to it.

T- Not rich in tastes, malty taste to it but nothing else distinguishable.

M- Light beer for an octoberfest, nothing special.

D- Okay drinkability, not a beer I would get again.

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Photo of slyke
3.36/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leinie's Oktoberfest pours a clear orange color with a finger of white head. Decent lacing.

The aroma of the beer has malt, sweet caramel with some grassiness.

The taste has is similar to the aroma, but the malt leads the way.

Mouthfeel is quite light for the style.

Drinkability is good with this beer - it's one to try if you find it.

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

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It poured a clearish amber with a 1 finger off-white head that turned to some decent lacing. It had light carbonation and left a fair amount of sticking to the glass.

S- It was mostly sweet bready malts with a light caramel aroma.

T- Really light flavors for the style. The most robust flavor was caramel.

M- It became really foamy.

D- It was an easy drinker, but there wasn't enough flavor to make me want more.

Overall- It wasn't a terrible beer by any means. When presented with limited options at a bar, I'd give this one another go. It just wasn't flavorful enought to make me say it was really good. I went into this beer expecting a bit more.

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Photo of dren
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with lots of bubbles. A thick one inch head just topped off my pint glass. Fell fairly quickly leaving a little lacing.

Smells like sweet apple juice. Kind of faint.

Tastes like sweet and slightly tart apple juice. Some malts towards the end and a little bit of hops. Some caramel flavors in there as well. Finishes like Fritos.

The beer is fairly light bodied.

This beer isn't the best Oktoberfest beer I have had but it has enough light flavor throuhgout to keep things interesting when you don't want to be overpowered by the beer. It would be easy to throw back several of these.

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Photo of lakeviewmike
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper amber color. Small head, low retention.

Nice smell, light carmel malts.

Taste is carmel malts with nice hops finish.

Very drinkable. I good amber lager.

"The common Munich Oktoberfest beer served at Wies’n (the location at which Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest) contains only 4.5% alcohol by volume, is dark/copper in color, has a mild hop profile and is typically labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style."

Fits the profile. This is the type of beer that I would be more than happy to get at a restaurant with a limited selection and might buy a six pack once in a while for an easy going, drinkable lager.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Well, whaddya know? It smells just like a poor apple cider. Let me verify this with a re-sniff. Yep, poor apple cider.

Taste: Light bready maltiness with a hint of caramel and sweetness. Notes of apple and, regrettably, vegetables. Very mild bitterness on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A poor representation of the style, and an outright disappointing beer.

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Photo of happygnome
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a copper color with about a inch and a half of head that dissapears quikly leaving sticky lacing around the edge of the glass
s: light roasted caramel malt aroma with very subtle floral hop aroma
t: roasted caramel flavor with a little floral hop towards the finish, a relative watered down oktoberfest
m: light to medium bodied beer with a little less than average amount of carbonation

overall, this isnt too bad, but its kind of lacking in the flavor, sessionable

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.
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