Brewery: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer: Leinenkugel Oktoberfest
Clubhouse pub price: $4 without pint glass, $3.50 with pint glass.
Brewery bio: The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company was established in 1867 by Jacob Leinenkugel and John Miller (not to be confused with Frederick Miller). Leinenkugel is a medium-sized brewery based out of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin that serves mostly the northern Midwest. The company was bought and made a subsidiary of SABmiller in 1988. Leinenkugel has a large variety of different lagers with several options for ales, stouts, and porters spattered in between.
Märzen tasting note guide: Märzen (or Oktoberfest) generally has a lower international bitterness unit and higher alcohol content, than most of her styles of beer. Its higher alcohol content gives Märzen a sweeter flavor. Märzen also has a toasty, nutty, spicy flavor, which is sometimes exaggerated in some Märzen’s. In general spice is there to compliment and balance the sweetness and alcoholic flavor, rather than be the primary flavor of the beverage. Finally Märzen should have a rich full bodied flavor upfront with a clean, crisp and dry finish.
Review: I got the Leinenkugel Oktoberfest on Monday at the Clubhouse pub, mostly just to get the pint glass for their beer tour. I was worried at first because I am not the biggest fan of pilsner and it was poured into a pilsner glass. Then I saw that it was actually an Oktoberfest so I thought to myself that maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all. Turned out the pilsner glass was appropriate for this beer, it was extremely bland: there were no spicy notes—barely any sweet—and a watered down, bitter aftertaste. Everything about this beer disappointed me; if you are looking for an Oktoberfest, do yourself a favor, and don’t buy this beer. My personal favorite Oktoberfest is from Goose Island. It’s a little more pricy, but it is well worth the extra couple of dollars for a proper Oktoberfest.
Taste: 4/10—It left a lot to be desired. It was so watered down that there was no spice or nutty flavor, and the bitter and sweet notes were more boring and bland than John Mayer’s music.
Body: 3/10—It has a medium to light amber body, its head acts more like a cheap lager, and it doesn’t really have a strong bouquet.
Feel: 3/10—Watered-down flavor at the beginning with a watered-down finish in every gulp.
Overall: 3.3/10—Everything about this beer underwhelmed me: it isn’t a very good Oktoberfest, and it’s not a very good lager. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with it but, you’re better off just getting a Yuengling; it tastes better and it’s cheaper.
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