Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest

My first Oktoberfest of the year, I caught this one out of the corner of my eye while I was in the check out line of Smiley’s. I have to hand it to Leiney’s they really know how to make a bright and spunky package. So I added a few to a mix pack and off I went.  (As a side note, any bevy that allows you to make mixed six packs is a place I’ll return to again and again.)

This one pours a yellowy copper – when pouring it appears yellow but builds up in the glass to red. (Kind of like what happens if you put way too much yellow food coloring into a cup and it looks orange, even though it’s really yellow.) This one’s smell is very faint and almost savory. 
For Leiney this one tastes pretty mild. The Summer Shandy and the Berry Weiss were very literal, very strong and clearly flavored – flavored-beer-for-dummies style. This one is subtler and I believe that’s a good thing. 
It tastes like a warm whole wheat bread, but not overwhelmingly wheaty or rye. It’s just got a dinner taste to it… like I want ot have this with the opening course of a meal with cheeses and bread. Maybe I’m tasting the yeast. As for an oktoberfest, I actually think this one stands out from the crowd. Not that its the best incarnation that I’ve ever seen, more like that its a different approach. Its truly a drinkable autumn beer that isn’t so specialized that you can’t have one every day. 


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1 Comment

  1. B.E. Earl

    I generally like Lienenkugel, but not enought to really seek it out. I just found out recently that they are owned by Miller now.

    Not that I really care about that.

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