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Your Take on Leinenkugels Beer (Leines): Chippewa Falls Wisconsin

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MarkG Oct 28, 2006 08:38 AM

it has almost cult status in wisconsin

are you into their honey weis or berry weis or new sunset wheat or new apple flavored beer??

what about their dark and creamy or BIG BUTT.

and their regular.

they are owned by Miller but the Leines family still controls the brewing.

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    Chicago Mike Jan 24, 2007 09:40 PM

    FWIW, they kept brewing Berry Weiss (and Honey Weiss) all this winter....

    That's a sure sign of global warming !! I used to really dread when the BW disappeared from the shelves around November :(

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      foodcheck Jan 24, 2007 01:19 PM

      Like the lager, but some of the others I have tried are too sweet for my taste.

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        esg101 Dec 29, 2006 12:53 AM

        Leinenkugels Beer is better than Bud, and I can't say too much more about it since there are so many better choices.

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          Chicago Mike Dec 6, 2006 03:03 AM

          I'll confess I've drank my share of Pearl... not sure if they even brew that any more...

          Used to love Weidemanns too... one yer Playboy ranked it as the "worst beer in America"... but I enjoyed it, especially good off the bottom shelf of the drive through with a layer of car exhaust on the package.

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            Willy3000 Dec 5, 2006 10:48 PM

            Leinie's is owned by Miller, and that's what you get.

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              Jim Dorsch Dec 6, 2006 02:34 AM

              Meaning what?

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              schoenick Nov 12, 2006 05:41 PM

              Full disclaimer: I grew up in Wisconsin so I could be biased.

              However, I haven't lived there for over ten years. How much do I like Leinie's? So much so that last time I drove up to Wisconsin from DC and brought a trunk full of it back home! The people at the grocery store where I stocked up gave me some very strange looks....

              The Big Butt not only tastes good to drink but is also great in stews. It adds a certain yum factor. I echo the above poster about the berry weiss as well. It tells me warmer weather is here!

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                Chicago Mike Nov 9, 2006 09:23 AM

                I'll fess up right now...

                Leinie's Berry Weiss is the GIRLIEST beer on the market, but it's also D-D*mn-licious... easily my favorite widely-available fruit infused beer...

                The Honey Weiss is okay, not up to a great German weiss or a fine american microbrew weiss but it's sort of unique with that honey edge.

                But berry weisse is really their most unique product. One of the reasons I look forward to spring as it's off the market in wintertime.

                1. therealbigtasty Nov 6, 2006 03:28 PM

                  What LA needs is a Leinie's type thing...an inexpensive, high quality, locally produced beer. I used to drink a bit of Henry Weinhard's, but I think that's from up north...

                  We need an LA beer.

                  1. therealbigtasty Nov 5, 2006 08:24 AM

                    Let's get Leinies distribution in Los Angeles!

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                      Das Ubergeek Nov 6, 2006 01:24 AM

                      Hear, hear! I love Leinie's -- it's my favourite. I love the Honey Weiss. The Berry Weiss is good but it's too sweet for everyday drinking.

                      Note that you can fit two cases of Leinie's in a standard roller bag to go on the plane, or you can go out to Arizona which is the nearest place to get it!

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                      Loren3 Nov 2, 2006 02:44 PM

                      It's big here in Minnesota, as well. Great on tap, and most bars have at least one Leinie's tap.

                      Like the creamy dark and the red best.
                      Tasted the sunset wheat recently and thought it interesting, but need more to make a conclusion.

                      It is great beer? No more so than many other large-scale craft brewers in the nation. In that way it's comparable to Summit in Minnesota, or Yuengling's in Pennsy, or Sweetwater in Georgia. It's definitely a plus to have such a wonderfully drinkable local beer on tap.

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                        madtowner Oct 28, 2006 11:49 AM

                        Since I am a Wisconsinite and grew up with the stuff, I can honestly say that it's better than its parent company SAB Miller. I enjoy their Creamy Dark and their Red Lager. The Berry Weiss is just another Wine Cooler with a Beer Label so that one is completely out. The regular white label lager is decent too, it all goes hand and hand with Friday Fish Frys, and the northwoods, I hardly see Leinies down in Madison and the southern part of the state, it's mainly upper central to upper north..

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                          MarkG Oct 28, 2006 08:58 AM

                          and add Leines Red and Oktoberfest to their lineup!!

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