Rating: 3.50
Location: Chippewa Falls, WI
Founded: 1867
Last visited: July 2017

The brewery was celebrating its 150th anniversary at the time of our visit. Impressive tasting room and gift shop. Knowledgeable tour guide; tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Tours offered every half hour; Sun–Wed: 10am-6pm; Thu–Sat: 10am-8pm. A $5 ticket gets you five, 5-oz samples and a complimentary taster glass. For $10, it’s two 12-oz beers and a complimentary pint glass after sampling.

Original Lager (3.75) – Easy drinking, crisp lager; low hop bitterness, a classic taste
Anniversary Lager (4.00) – Brewed in Germany as a collaboration with Hofbrau; darker grain bill than the original; extra hop bite; very tasty; an excursion from Leinenkugel’s easy-drinking beers
Canoe Paddler Kölsch (3.50) – Crisp German ale with mild hop character; highly drinkable
Sunset Wheat (3.25) – Basic wheat ale with fruity overtones; medium body, low bitterness
Creamy Dark Lager (4.00) – Medium body, loads of caramel malt flavor, creamy and smooth
Grapefruit Shandy (3.00) – Tart, not too sweet, very refreshing; interesting to note that the Summer Shandy outsells all other beers combined, even though it has a limited release

Traditional German soft pretzels served at the bar.

Leinenkugel’s Brewery

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