Feb 9, 2011

Leinenkugel’s Limited

This is a review of a promotional sample received from the brewery.

First introduced 25 years ago, Leinenkugel’s Limited was the brewer’s first craft brew. The beer had been renamed (once or twice) and gone into hibernation a few times over that span, but it looks like fans of the product will once again get a chance to enjoy it, albeit for a short while.

Brewed with Carmel, Munich, Carapil and Pale malts and a combination of Cluster and Cascade hops, this lager is a smooth drinking brew with what I can only describe as an old-school character. It’s just got that traditional lager presence to it that I really enjoy in this style of brew. At 4.94% ABV it’s a well balanced, sessionable beer that I only wish I had more of when I sat down to watch the Superbowl this past weekend.

Leinenkugel's Limited photoLeinenkugel’s Limited


Clear, bright golden in color with a small, yet full white head.


Classic lager tones with hints of lightly toasted bread, subtle caramel and a light grainy, hop presence.


Limited has a good lager profile with a clean, crisp mouthfeel. The malts have a nice toast to them with a touch of caramel. Light grains and a subtle hop presence help balance out the palate toward the short finish. Like I said in the intro, this beer has just got that classic, old-school lager vibe that’s refreshing and flavorful.


This brew turned out to be a pretty solid lager. It’s easy drinking and tasty — a perfect match for some football and pretzels. I’d recommend this for any lager fan out there.

Rating: 3.5/5

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