auerbrau (3190) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light dusty malt aroma. Clear orange with off-white head. Nasty plant malt, without much of anything. Extremely bland finish. This is worthless.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: clear, and not-quite coppery in color, a deeper shade of orange maybe, with no head to speak of.
Aroma: off. slightly herbal,... empty, and vacuous, with a "skunky lager" thing going on that dominates. Not good.
Taste: do i have to? Away we go...slides easily into the mouth, then lays there, limp and listless. Minimal malt in the flavor, what there is of it...there’s just no character here. Brings me no pleasure in the imbibing, merely exists to have something wet in the mouth.
A lightweight entry in the field. Best to avoid.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2005
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Red-amber color with a malty cola aroma. Good carbonation. Flavor is extremely malty with an acrid bitter malt finish. Not enough texture or hops. Not a great beer, but one of the best that strive to be a "great Budweiser".
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Allright this beer isnt really too bad. Is it a complex, malty example of a great Oktoberfest beer? No. I dont think that is what it is trying to achieve, though. It is a beer with the slightest hint of hops and a sweet caramel malt background. On the palate it is somewhat watery, but it goes down pretty easily. The average Leinies drinker isnt looking for a full flavor complex beer, so this fits the profile. Come on, people from Wisconsin think that ketcup is spicy. For what it is, this beer is okay and that is why I rated it accordingly. If you are looking for a great Oktoberfest, look elsewhere. If you are looking for an easy drinking beer, this is it.
Ughsmash (7406) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft. Clear reddish-orange pour with a sizable well-retained head. Aroma was primarily sweet malts, with only a hint of hops... but not a whole lot really going on. Flavor struck all the wrong chords with me, however.. it picked up a nasty berry-like sweetness similar to their Berry Weiss (which is awful), which clashed with the little bit of hops on the finish. The only highlight was the little bit of caramel malt that found its way to the tongue. Really proved hard to swallow.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
found this on somepaper from last fall. pours a redish hughed brown colo rw/ a big head. Aroma is very weak lightly bready light carmel. Palate is to watery. Flavor is mild light bitter citrus hop and a bit of carmel malt not much of an octoberfest but not really bad either.
drunkenbum84 (73) - kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad beer. Nice dark color and good flavor, maltiness and some bitterness. Better than any macro.
Nuffield (3899) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Gosh, to think that when I was in college all of my friends viewed Leinenkugels as such a cut above the regular world of beer. Well, Leinie’s is that much, to be fair. But this beer has little to set it apart from the macros, other than an additional infusion of malty sweetness. Bronze color, big head. Bland aroma, just a hint of caramel. The hops do little here. Drinkable but bland, poor Oktoberfest. Too bad, as I still have fondness of "Leinie’s" as a brand.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - DEC 4, 2004
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
light bronze color, Aroma typical American Pilsner, taste a little sweeter and smooter than an American Pilsner
Bad example of a Octoberfest
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Seems like everyone does an Oktoberfest these days. Leine’s should stick to its more classic American ales rather then delve into this category. There’s nothing special about their Oktoberfest - it has all of the traditional characteristics one would expect from an Oktoberfest: malty, caramel-lke, etc. To me, their Oktoberfest is almost a sweetened version of their Red. If you want a cheap Oktoberfest, go with Augsburger. If you want the best, go German.