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Red Lager

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Chippewa Falls, WI

Style: Lager
ABV: 4.9%

Jill’s Rating:
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Leinie’s Red reminds me of college. During winter my friends and I would wear short-sleeved shirts and shiver all the way to the bar (because it gets cold in the Midwest), where we hopefully wouldn’t have to stand in line to get into a place that’s packed.

If I wasn’t in the mood for Zima, I’d order a red beer (which may or may not have been Leinie’s) because reds were a little bit better than swill, and I felt cool knowing that.

However, most of the beer one drinks in college, even if it is a “better” beer, still isn’t all that good compared to the great craft stuff that’s around today. Unfortunately, Leinie’s Red still has that not-so-great college taste because although there’s better color and flavor than a macrobeer, it’s a bit watered down. It’s like you’re having a junior microbrew because you can’t quite handle the real thing.

So this Red was a bit disappointing to me now, but I’ll keep the fond memories in my heart.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on September 20, 2007.
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