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 chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. Having just finished a Shiner Oktoberfest, I'll do a largely comparative review.

Appearance - Very clear orange-brown body that's a shade lighter than the Shiner. The head is larger but much less durable, settling to a thin top coat in less than 2 minutes. A sparse amount of visible carbonation rising to the top.

Aroma - Less hop forward than the Shiner, with a solid, sweet maltiness that carries a hint of caramelized sugar.

Flavor: Lightly sweet; sweeter and less hoppy than the Shiner but a more pleasing flavor mix. Clear hints of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Overall I liked the taste, but I felt it should be a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel - The beer is medium-light in body, approaching watery but not quite there. The carbonation is light but OK for this beer. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: a decent marzen but leaning towards the lighter side in both flavor and feel.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 11/2/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a nice oktoberfest style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 4-finger cream-colored head over a crystal-clear body of orange/amber, minimal visible carbonation

S - caramel sweetness, grain

T - caramel sweetness, grain, slight earthy and metallic notes; bland

M - somewhat slick, light body, medium carbonation

O - pretty boring overall; could use more flavor and body; not a great representation of the style

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing overwhelmingly good, but wasn't bad at all. Had its Amber/lager taste, with not any adjunct taste leinenkugels tend to have. I could put down alot of these but they are forgettable nevertheless.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to a tulip glass.
Look was light orange amber.
Smell was of malt and little else.
Taste followed smell with malt and some bitter biscuit.
Feel was a bit thin.
Overall it was mostly like drinking a lager or amber. Not like a Marzen.

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Photo of Ri0
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. Clear amber color with a 1 finger white head. Very light, sweet caramel aromas from the malts. Not much for hops. This is an poor example of an Oktoberfest. It is too light and could use more overall flavor.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprisingly not much of an Oktoberfest brew smell to it when you open the bottle. Pours a nice Dark orange color with a thin head. Lacing is there, just not much. Actually looks kind of flat but still has carbonation throughout the tasting process. Initial taste is fairly flavorful but appears to be lacking that fully rich malty taste of an Oktoberfest. Very drinkable though. Overall, It is a descent beer, it just is missing that extra little something in flavor that I like in an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Second version of the style this week. Nice copper tone with small amount of lacing that remains until the end. Nice amber taste on the tongue with a slight hop finish. Decent beer. Think I'll have another.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.99/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank from the bottle so i can't comment on the looks.
The smell was very disappointing. It smelled like any cheap lager-style beer you can find. Nothing special to note of it.
Surprisingly, it tasted better than it smelled. Medium bodied, thicker lager feel, bland and grainy. Nothing to set it apart from other cheaper beers.
Feels smooth, easy to drink if you don't mind the taste. Not heavily carbonated.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a nice reddish- amber color. nice foamy head but doesn't last. minimal lacing. highly carbonated. good flavor. on the lighter side for an Octoberfest for still delicious. Not heavy. Goes down smooth. May not be typical Octoberfest but I could drink this in summer or fall.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
1.62/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber with lots of lively carbonation. Head is an inch and a half of off-white color that retains itself for awhile and leaves some lacing.

S: Smells more like a domestic lager then an authentic Oktoberfest. You get faint aromas of sweet malts and some subtle fruitiness but there is not much to it. Has a rusty copper smell to it as well.

T: Not pleasant at all I feel like I just to a sip of a f***ing bud. You get some graininess and subtle sweet malt flavors but it is just boring and unappetizing.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is really nothing to it feels and tastes like bad water.

O: This is really just a domestic lager to me. I get absolutely none of the flavors I expect from an Oktoberfest. I would recommend staying away from this one as I got it for free and am still have a hard time finishing it.

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Photo of jblake4124
2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

As soon as I cracked the bottle cap I was hit with what seemed like a bit of a skunky smell. The nose on this beer is poor, but not as poor as the flavor. No redeeming qualities, just a maltiness without any real flavors. Sampled this beer with a flight of three other Marzens at home, and it easily came in dead last.

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Photo of jamescarlton989
3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a good Marzen, but the taste and body just aren't there. Its not horrible, though. It's a solid 3-star beer that i'd drink again if it were available, but i wouldn't buy it for myself or recommend it

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Photo of bluto1998
3.86/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent if it's what you can find, but there are many better Marzen style beers. It's in the ballpark but the definitely didn't hit it out of the park.

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Photo of tekstr1der
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours lighter gold/tan than expected for the style. Aroma is slightly off, a mix of some malt and a little skunky. I’d think I got a bad batch if other reviews weren’t also quite low. Taste is boring, feel is overcarbonated.

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Photo of mchegash
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.75/5
An extremely clear orange-brown. No head. A sparse amount of carbonation rises slowly to the top. Nice color and look. I would have liked some head on this beer though.

Smell - 3.75/5
A deep sweet maltiness, along with a hint of alcohol. The sweetness has a fruitiness to it. Also possibly caramelized sugar.

Taste - 3.5/5
Lightly sweet toasty maltiness, fruitiness, alcohol, some hints of hops. Overall I liked the taste, but I felt it could have been a little bit stronger. The taste seems kind of watered down. Nothing fancy, just a good quality classic brew.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
The beer is light in body, perhaps getting close to watery (but not quite there). Moderately crisp. The carbonation is quite light but I feel this compliments the beer nicely, and allows the flavors to be experienced more. I would have liked a little more carbonation though.

Overall - 3.5/5
Overall, this was a decent beer, but it lacked any head, was not super flavorful and was a little bit too watery (and Märzen/Oktoberfest beers are supposed to be full-bodied).

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this Oktoberfest pours a clear amber with a nice dissipating white head that leaves very light lacing. Nose of caramel and bread. Flavors follow a standard Oktoberfest with sweet breaded malts, light sweet caramel malts, and a barely detectable hop in the background. Light mouth feel. Decent for what it is, but not a lot of the more robust flavors associated with the style. Decent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

terrible that this tastes to me like the shandy. not sure if they put this on the same line or what, but man do i get a concentrated lemonade thing in here, which in any light does not belong in an octoberfest lager. the look is incredible. frothy soapy tall lasting pure snow white head with beautiful retention and lace as it drinks, i mean, it could not look any better for what it is, with the pale copper beer clear underneath. a little light maybe, and definitely light in malt on the flavor, especially compared to is german counterparts. there just isnt much base to this, thin and watery and oddly citrus forward but not from hops, tangy but not quite tannic. nice because its light but bad because it tastes nothing like the style is supposed to. no caramel or anything like that, not german cereals, and no yeast profile at all, doesnt even seem like a lager. the tang of the shandy lasts through the finish, and i would never guess this is an octoberfest beer in a blind tasting. fine for all day drinking though i guess if you dont know what its supposed to taste like. i was unimpressed.

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Photo of TCJ0100
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass. Got this from a friend who was offloading his beer from his fridge.

Pours clean with about a half finger of head and looks the part of a Marzen certainly.

Tastes grainy and boring with no sweet or spice flavors. Actually smells better than it tastes as I get a hint more of the spices.

Feels watery on the mouthfeel and doesn't leave any lingering sweetness like better examples of the style do.

Overall pretty shite, definitely not worth picking up. Support another brewery if you want a good Marzen this is all talk and no delivery.

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Photo of ordybill
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a sweet smell mixed in with the grain.
Appearance- this is an amber colored beer with a moderate white head.
Taste- Grain and malt, not bad but sort of run-of-the-mill.
Palate- Light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Has a dry mouth feel.
Overall- This is pretty good, not the best Leinnie's has produced but not bad.

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Photo of jlindros
2.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear ruby tan color, little creamy head decent messy lacing.

Nose macro lager, sweet caramel, minerals, reddish malt, mild unhappy lager.

Taste big macro lager flavor, unhappy lager yeast, minerals, faint skunky like quality, big sweet caramel malts, bitter hop note but a bad bitterness somehow. Quite fruity too.

Mouth med to lighter bod, decent carb

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Photo of willsting8
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest is a decent marzen-style beer. It has a bit of a watery taste, but it doesn't water down the flavor of the beer all the way.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance - pours to a clear amber color

Overall - This is an average Oktoberfest. It is lighter than some Oktoberfests. This is a good beer to ease into an Oktoberfest but others are better. Needs more flavor.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

The mixture of caramel and malt really break out when you first taste this. My problem is all the other flavors that are also trying to break through. Just too much going on here.

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Photo of Urizen
4/5  rDev +28.6%

I think this is a damn fine Oktoberfest beer. Yes, as other's have noted it is not a heavy beer like most beers in this style. However, the flavor is great. It has a great head and looks beautiful in a glass. If I lived in colder climes I might have an issue with the lightness/wateryness of this brand, but if your October has temps in the high 80s and 90s, this beer is refreshing. It's the best "cheap" Octoberfest I can find anyway. Better than Sam Adams for sure.

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