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 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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Photo of HopBrad31
3/5  rDev -3.5%

an average octoberfest. It had a funky ester going on. almost as if it were brewed with an English Ale yeast at a high temp. kinda watery. maltiness and color were decent.

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Photo of CKav
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%


A-Tan head falls fairly quickly with clear amber color

S- I smell some sweetness but not very appealing, a musty,earthy smell.

T- A metallic taste with some nutty sweetness; not too bad

F- This beer feels thin and watered down for the style

O- Not terrible but not worth having again. Maybe useful for people who are new to the style but I am sure there are better Marzens out there.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Appearance - Burnt orange in color. Thin head when poured into tbe mug. Head all but disappeared in a few minutes.

Smell - Bready, biscuity, a little toffee.

Taste - Malt with taste of "bread crust". Hint of tart cherry sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Thin with a dry finish. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - Not the best, not the worst. Drinkable .

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.22/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a bright orange with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of earthy and nutty scents. The taste was very mellow but had some really nice Marzen style taste to it with a lot of nutty notes in the beginning with a very clean finish. Very nice, albeit simple.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -3.5%

A bit light bodied, a little watered down, but on-point as far as the characteristic Oktoberfest flavors. Like a nice common. It's the only Oktoberfest the 7-11 carries :)

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Photo of fx20736
3.99/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

/Bought as a single bottle from Beers of the World on 9/20/14. Served at fridge temp in a dimpled mug.

Orange amber with a natural white head. Minimal lacing.Aroma is toasted, nearly roasted caramel malt with a faint whiff of hops. A touch of caramel sweetness kisses a nice dry, clean finish. Mouthfeel is good. This is a tasty, good, American style Marzen.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%

A decent offering of an Oktoberfest. Has the traditional toasted and caramel malts, slight bready/nuttiness. A decent enough hop bitterness. The biggest knock I have is the mouthfeel. It's just not up to par. Too thin and watery. The classic aroma and flavor profile is there, but it just doesn't have the type of body necessary for the style...at least in my book.

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Photo of Caveworm
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a two finger thick white finely pored head,quality lacing, and a clear, caramel amber body

Smells like roasted malts along with other assorted grains. I can't detect any hop bitterness here.

I taste slightly sweet roasted malt characteristics,and perhaps a microdash of caramel.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. I actually wish this brew were just slightly more full-bodied. Oktoberfest brews, in my own personal opinion, ought to have a touch of heartiness about them

Overall a 3 for Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. I probably won't get this brew again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest brewed by Jacob LeinenKugel Brewing with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a nice light brown color with a small white head. The smell is rich with flavor and grains. Nothing special so far. Now for the taste it is smooth with some burnt grains. Oktoberfest has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Leinenkugel's did a nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%

This may be last year's brew. Yeah, Nov 2013. Hope the formula hasnt changed so this is accurate.

I love spending time with my friend Tony. He's always got some good brews each time I come to his house, not to mention his kegerator.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

Appearance (3.5) : Nice four finger carbonated off-white head that recedes quickly. Bubbles line the glass and the body is a transparent festive orange-copper glow. Licks of lacing here and there line the glass.

Smell (4) : Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, honey, hint of ginger, cinnamon, clean water. Pumpkin flesh. A very fresh smelling Marzen. I like it.

Taste (3.25) : some maple syrup, pumpkin, ginger, orange peel, festive spice. What follows is a malt liquor taste that's hard to get rid of. Very distracting. The flavors are right though, and it's easy drinking despite the malt liquor finish.

Mouthfeel (3) : Slippery, wet, flat. A little carbonation but hits the palate like a day old soda. Ends slightly crispy.

Overall (3.17) : it's a toss up if I'd ever buy a six pack of this beer. I don't think it's bad, but it's not very good. There are better Marzens out there, friends, but this is still worth a try.

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Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured a nice clear amber body with a one finger white head. Very nice and true to style. Scents of rich, sweet malt, a light toasted aroma and a very faint citrus. Overall impression is of a nice, clean Oktoberfest aroma, though the citrus is an odd touch, but not unpleasant. Flavor begins with a nice rich malty sweetness, moving into a nice toasted malt character with an extremely faint touch of lemonade. Middle continues these flavors but gets a little drier, with a very faint hint of alcohol present. Finish is medium-dry with a nice presence of toasted malt. Overall impression is of a clean, malty flavor that is balanced between rich malt and toasted malt. The lemonade flavors faintly in the background are not traditional, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Quite nice and very true to style. Overall this a decent example of an Oktoberfest. It stays mostly to style in most respects and what it does differently is not unpleasant and works with the flavor profile and aroma. Nothing spectacular, but good all around.

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Photo of boogieman
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Leinenkugel's 12-packs were on sale at the local store, so I picked up a case of Oktoberfest to try.
Appearance- nice amber, moderate carbonation bubbles rising up. 2 finger head that slowly dissipated into a long-lasting 1/4" foam with nice lacing around the glass as well.
Smell- Not much. Hardly noticeable. A little bit of sweet nutty malt.
Taste- sweetly bitter at first with roasted nuts, caramel, malt. An ligh aftertaste of tingly, spicy hops.
Mouthfeel- really good. Perfect amount of carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied.
Overall a decent beer. Not my favorite, but worth a try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate amounts of copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with a light aroma of caramel malts. Very light amounts of spicy hop aromas.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel malts which contribute a light amount of sweetness to it. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy/peppery hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: Fairly easy to drink but not sure that I would want to have many of these - it just seems like a watered down version of traditional Oktoberfests.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12 oz bottle (as pictured).
Pours a clear coppery color, with a tan head, quickly fading foam.
Smell is of toasted malt and caramel.
Taste is much the same, caramel flavors and mild amount of hop bitterness to keep everything in balance. Lots of carbonation give a crisp mouthfeel.
A drinkable example of the style, no complaints.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.08/5  rDev -1%

I figured the Oktoberfest beer I could make my first would be from my favorite mainstream-brewer, Leinenkugel, and I wasn't disappointed. Not really knowing how an Oktoberfest beer is supposed to taste, I went in with no expectations, and came out with a great beer, full of pleasant caramel malt character and mildly bitter and refreshing crispness. Keep 'em coming, Leinie, and I'll keep drinking.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a mix and match sixer, even though I am unsure if I have ever enjoyed anything by Leinenkugel. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice looking amber color with a one finger maybe smaller foamy head. The head dissipates about a quarter of the way into the beer and leaves little lacing. I like the packaging, pretty cool.

Smell - Malty, bready, spicy, what you expect from the style and even from the look of the beer. It just looks like a malty beer, and it smells like one too. Pretty sure theres gonna be malts on the palate as well, but I'm no rocket scientist.

Taste - I enjoyed the taste of this brew! Of course it was malty, but not overpoweringly sweet. Nice caramel touches and some breads. At the very back of the drink, hidden among all the malty goodness, is just a flavoring of hops. I think it may be a little better than we have given it credit for.

Mouthfeel - Finishes sweet, malty. Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall - A decent brew. I wouldn't buy it again, but its worth a try. I think it is a little better than we have given it credit for here, but it isn't anything to really jump around about. Slightly above average.

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

Appearance: Yellowish amber. Decent head leaves decent lace.
Smell: Lemon, honey, biscuits, caramel.
Taste: Malty, honey, biscuits, lemon.

Not bad at all. It has a nice warming taste and feel to it. There's a caramel, malty trait to both the smell and the taste. I wouldn't get this again, however, it was certainly enjoyable. There are better out there.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Came as part of their Autumn Sampler. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty copper in color with a 1-finger foamy off white head but doesn't last too long. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. Tiny streaming bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass but not over carbonated. The aroma is of some malts with a slight hint of caramel. The taste is about the same with a slightly dry finish. Doesn't have a bitter or harsh aftertaste though. Not as bad as some others make it out to be really..

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Photo of Beric
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 28 December 2013

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle so can't really comment. Nice cap though with the Bavarian flag in honor of the Oktoberfest's origins.

Smell: The smell here was rather muted. Unlike the Sam Adam's Oktoberfest which you can really smell well, this one was comparatively weaker. Still hints of maltiness coming through the nose though.

Taste: Really not bad. Malts were sweet but not overpoweringly so, with a hint of caramel being picked up. No off flavors and no harshness. Tastes like an Oktoberfest- nothing really notable or special about it in either a positive or negative way.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel throughout- excellent carbonation that doesn't get thin as you drink the beer.

Overall: This is a mid-tier American Oktoberfest that is widely available in the midwest. I would likely choose Sam Adam's Oktoberfest over this if I was buying large quantities of this beer style, as the nose and malt flavors are a little better than the Leinie's offering. Pales in comparison to the German examples.

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Photo of soju6
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a moderate head and bits of lacing. Aroma of malt, bit of caramel sweetness, fruit and citrus. Taste of malt, some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly light body, smooth but a bit short on flavor. Decent beer, but hoped for a bit more character.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Good looking clean and clear copper color with plenty of visible carbonation. The 1-plus finger head, off-white, tapers to a film and leaves good lacing.

S- Bready, caramel, some spice. Some evidence of AAL-type graininess.

T- Caramel, mild hops, and some Munich-esque malts.

M- The body, hops, malt , and spiciness are all ok, just a bit less than other varieties. Not bad, though.

O- It's ok by me.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a generic kitchen glass. Nice label art. Reviewed from notes; I didn't review in an ideal environment so my notes are a bit truncated. Best before 12/02/13. Twist-off cap.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head which is disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess or frothiness here. Bad retention (less than a minute). Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and what little there is doesn't stick for very long.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Far from unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Honey, nectary notes/hop character, caramalt, munich malts. Grains. Sticky. Pretty standard festbier build. Some residual sugars lend it a sweetness. Hopping is minimal. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Tame. Clean yeast character. Honey. Nectar. Floral hops - though they have a minimal presence. Grainy. Munich malts. Caramalt. Simple but balanced. No real subtlety. It's on the sweeter side. A good build for a marzen, but far from exemplary. Average depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. I like it in spite of its painful simplicity (it's even more simple than most marzens).

Mf: Smooth, wet, sticky, chewy. Good carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Clean. A biteen too thick. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Decent presence on the palate. Okay body.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I like it; this is a surprisingly decent brew considering it's made by Leinenkugel's. Hides its ABV well. I'll happily kill this 6er, and it's a good value option in this style. Stays within style conventions for the most part.


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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, clear brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam hat gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that, or I’m stuffed up. I do get faint, and I mean faint, notes of malt, pretzels, caramel and clover. But very faint.

Taste: Very malty up front, with some nice caramel-like sweetness finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of only 5.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: A solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Nice and malty and nicely balanced with hops. Good quaff.

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Photo of Johnroby
1.94/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up in a mix and match section at Fresh market. After one drink it tasted like I was drinking a lite version of an Octoberfest beer, tasted watered down very disappointed as Leinenkugels usually puts out good beer. Even Yuengling tasted better than this

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Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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