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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Creamy DarkLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark

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886 Ratings
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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Ratings: 886 | Reviews: 317
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +17%

Serving style : 12 oz bottle from $1.49 singles cooler poured for appearance.

Appearance (3.75) : Nice, toasted almond sudsy two fingered head that sticks around for a minute or so and finally settles at about half a finger. Leaves small bubbly webs on the glass. Body is dark chocolate/deep maroon colored and appropriate for the style.

Smell (3.75) : Nutty - perhaps roasted nut; bitter hop, toasted malts, spice. Further in is fresh shucked corn, a bit of coffee bean, and amaretto.

Taste (3.75) : A full american lager flavor with coffee notes and some small hop bitterness. A bit of that nuttiness surfaces towards the finish. Maybe a hint of blueberry. Finishes great. This really is an easy drinking, great tasting dark lager.

Sub note...The bottle reveals straight dark coffee notes. If you're a fan of coffee-tasting beers, drink this one from the bottle - you'll get more of it here.

Mouthfeel (4) : Entirely drinkable, easily a session beer. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy, thick, full, and ends semi-dry. An impressive attempt at a dark lager. Super drinkable for how dark it tastes and how easily one could say it's like a porter or stout.

Overall (3.92) : This beer is probably my favorite Leinenkugels' yet. It's sessionable, tastes great, has a nutty coffee flavor, and still retains that dark euro smoothness. I'd buy a six pack to stock in my fridge in a heartbeat. Good stuff.

Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +19.4%

A moderate pour produces a 1.5 inch head that looks pretty creamy and proves fairly sticky. The beer is a moderately dark ruby yellowish brown with moderate carbonation.

Roasty and grainy in the aroma and flavor. Maybe a little earthy funk. Definite coffee notes and pungent grain and malt in the flavor. Dry on the finish, with lingering, but quite subtle funk and pungent fruit in the aftertaste. Really, quite a clean, lager finish but with some interesting aroma-flavors. Creamy, almost spritzy mouthfeel.

This is probably Leinie's best brew.

Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to its word it ia a very creamy dark beer,very dark brown/black with good creamy head that doesnt stick around lond.Chocolatey aroma smells very sweet.Toasted malty taste and chocolaty,kinda thin after a few drinks.Pretty good beer had it with some hot wings and seemed to pair up pretty good.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah , time to review an old Wisconsin stand by. Leinie’s creamy dark is one of the beers I loved to turn to back in college when I wanted something dark and thick but could only scrape together 4 bucks. Well, lucky for me 4 bucks plus pocket change could always score me a sixer of this puppy.

These days the price is up and so are my tastes and bankroll so I haven’t made it a point to drink this one too often but it’s still decent as a session beer, a starting dark beer, or when you’re stopping at a gasser in BFE Wisconsin and this is the only dark beer they sell. God bless leinie’s for that. Without Jacob L, about 800 gas stations in this state would be limited to serving AB and M. At least with Leinie’s we’ve got access to a decent dark, honey weiss, or red at just about every stop and rob across the state. Onto the review.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Light tan, thin head. A dime sized layer of head lingers.

Smell: Beer and chestnuts. Not much going on.

Taste: Bits of apple, chocolate, and dried apricot. Sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Almost medium bodied. Sweet up front. The slightest bit bitter at the end.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. Not filling in the slightest.

Notes: Try this one with strawberries and chocolate some time. Strawberries really improve this beer, and this beer those strawberries.

Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, creamy russet pour with a tan head.

Toasty, grainy, German malt aroma with hints of caramel, roast, and earth.

Taste is similar to the smell, very German style, roasty and grainy up front with caramel hitting about midway and finishing dry. Not all that creamy in texture for the name.

Style-wise it's nice, but I wouldn't consider it a go-to.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a nice deep ruby color that looks pretty-much black in the glass, like a stout, but just a bit lighter and clearer. Two fingers of tan head reduced to less than a centemeter in a few minutes with decent lacing.

The smell is all malt and roasty, though overall the smell is not strong.

The taste is roasted malt aswell. The beer hits the tounge with a slight tinge of fleeting bitterness that quickly gives way to the malt taste which continues to intensify as long as it sits on the tounge. The mothfeel has a pleasing consistency, though somewhat flat.

This beer is super-smooth but still has an excellent bold flavor. I think this is a truly unique beer ata great price and a good session beer for the cooler months.

Photo of babyhobbes
2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, pours brown with a 1 inch cream colored head that lasts for at least a few minutes. This has very little smell at all. This tastes mostly like alcohol. There's no real creamy, caramel, malty taste at all. I wish I knew what they were aiming for here. The taste just isn't much of anything. Creamy isn't really a good adjective for this beer. I mean, yes..it's dark, yes...it's thicker than say your average AB pilsner but creamy?..no. I guess I could drink these but I'd sure rather have something with a little more flavor. Sorry.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours into a pint glass a sharp looking beer. Clear mahogany with ruby highlights, and a respectable two finger beige head. Lots of patchy lacing.

Subtle aroma features softly roasted malt notes of mild chocolate and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is light medium with a solid carbonation. Smooth on the palate, but you have to use your imagination to call it creamy.

Taste is pretty good for a dark lager. Restrained malt presence serves up soft notes of chocolate and burnt caramel that meld with some spicy and earthy hops. Lager yeast and malt let you know what you have here.



Pretty good for style. I keep this on hand for guests who like dark lagers. It's also my favorite beer to steam brats in. Nicely drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled. w/o any freshness indication on the label/bottle. Pours dark maple syrup in color, off white head, disolving to a tiny bubble film. This left behind some middle of the road lacing. Ho hum so far. The nose highlighted some maple syrup and molasas. Flavor notes included some caramel and lighly roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel, but a bit thin and watery. This is a decent, lower cost brew. Basically malty, w/o much of a hop presence. Dark beer with training wheels.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and coffee

Taste: roasted coffee, toasted malt, cream, and a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter backbone, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: A winner from Leinenkugel, this a perfectly drinkable light beer. The coffee taste is pleasing and I love the multiple flavors in this beer. I could have two or three.

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice appearance for a dark beer and has a faint aroma that doesn't overwhelm the senses.

Rich, creamy taste that is relatively smooth on the palate. Sits a little heavy in the stomach but not too much.

Overall a solid beer that I would recommend for others to try.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured nearly black with a thick caramel head. The aroma of malt was present, though not overwhelming. The flavor also contained a malty sweetness, but balanced well with the chocolate flavors present. I gave it a slightly lower mouthfeel because it was a bit thin. I enjoy this beer which can be found on sale quite reasonably some times.

Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color with a light brown head of tight bubbles. The head sticks around for a bit. Light hop smell coupled with aroma of sweet, dark malt. Flavor is light sweet malt, with a lingering light molasses and brown sugar. Thin, oily lacing dots the inside of the glass. Not a ton of character, but tasty and pretty drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.31/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a terrible example of a creamy dark. Looks earthy colored, aroma was of earth and tobacco.

Taste, more tobacco, a little bit of bitterness undesired in a cream style beer. Roasted malt and tobacco rule here. No hops. Alcohol and bitterness way too amped up in the mouthfeel for this style. Coffee even seems to come into this. Pass.

Photo of ADR
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer showed up about two years ago, about when the Winter Lager seasonal (which I liked) and the Auburn Ale (which was pretty mediocre) dissappeared.

Dark in presentation and nice smell, small and speedy bubbles...short, dense head...Very heavy on a chocolate taste, the malts are obviously chosen for this effect, a little more hop would also help...very one- dimensional in flavor, no complexity and less mouthfeel than implied by the pour. Nice try but doesn't make it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Chestnut brown amber with a nice sized creamy textured darj cream head, leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Slightly toasted malts a grassy note pretty mute on the overall aroma. Taste: Flavor is a decent mix of lager characteristics with dark roasted malts giving it just a nice overall edge not bad. Clean tasting brew. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body lackluster not much to it. Drinkability: Overall decent priced easy drinking mass produced dunkel.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in pint glass.

A - fine looking, mahogany color; clear. Nice off-white head but too short lived.

S - like the taste, main aroma is toasted malts

T - no flaws, yet not an exceptional brew worthy of strong recommendation. Minimal hop presence. malty aftertaste.

M - smooth and, as advertised, a bit creamy.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ruddy brew that's clear despite it's deep amber color. The head is a peach fuzz tan and quick to fade. Not a bad looking brew but also unimpressive.

Nose is a fail in my book. It has a subtle malt but consists more of a coppery metallic skunk scent. I'd chalk it up to expired beer but the best by date is Aug. 2011, a full month away.

Taste is a mix of tart fruit to sweet malt. Better then the nose but still less then awesome. At least it doesn't taste skunky as the nose suggests (even a dark lager.)

The mouthfeel is equally as weak with a good carbonation but overlly dry for a sub 5% brew. Just like everything else the feel has little to no character and not much enticing me to drink more. I can finish this bottle and then never expect to have another. Really a simple not so great brew.

Photo of Brenden
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is clear despite being a pretty dark shade of brown, and there's a red glow in the light. The head is slightly lighter than tan in color, a bit frothy and sparsely bubbled so that it falls pretty quickly and doesn't leave a whole lot of itself behind. There is a constant layer that does manage moderate lacing.
Caramel malt shows in the aroma, accompanied by some chalky cocoa and toast. It's a little faint and fairly nondescript, but overall certainly decent.
The taste gives a bit more of the dryer notes, and this is a beer that I would hand to someone wondering what "cola" or cola-like" means as a beer descriptor. Very slight nutty notes pull through underneath the grains.
It would be nice if this beer was as creamy as the name suggests, but it simply isn't. It's got some crispness to it, and it's not devoid of smoothness. It's semi-dry and pretty light in body.

Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lovely caramel brown pour with a resilent, okay creamy, tan head.

Aroma is negligible- in style I guess. Some feint malty sweetness

The taste is just alright - balanced, solid...
likely good with spiced food. Patent malt is a little cloying.

A pleasant mouthfeel disappears in carbonation.

Definitely drinkable. An adequate flanker for the Miller machine.

Photo of SMark
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass with a bulge at the top at 52° with a nice foamy off white head which dissipated leaving a good lacing effect. The bottle had date information stamped on it and the beer was mahogany in color with slight carbonation.

There was aroma evident during the pouring. Darker roasted malts and a faint of sweetness were later discernable.

Taste was smooth with a little bite initially. Subsequent tastes fell off slightly with no lingering.

The beer was pleasant enough but could have been a little cooler to allow a crisper feel.

This beer was just a tad above average and one I would drink on future occasions.

Photo of BJsLove
1.63/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I snagged this brew for the cold season that has started. Meant to warm me up in the snow, but doesn't do much of that. Not as heavy as I'd like. I see it as generic dark brew, otherwise unable to be categorized. Wisconsin you can do better than this. It's not disgusting.

Photo of Dave128
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz twist-off bottle from winter sampler into a frosty pint glass.

A - A moderate pour yields a 1 finger tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing is pretty low but is present. Color is dark with ruby highlights.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, but a little grainy and skunky.

T - Sweet and smoky up front with a nice hop bitterness. Leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth though.

M - Light bodied and highly overcarbonated.

O - The flavors in this beer are pretty nice. I didn't expect that much of a hop presence in this beer but I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of cokes
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby. It appears black from several feet away. It's not. Big tan foam on top. Nice enough looking, I guess.
Nose is pretty vacant, but hints at brown sugared toast. Very plain grain pops up as well.
Begins with subtle traces of black malt. Lightly chocolatey, hinting at coffee. Twangy, even, with liquorice hints. Decently roasty un front. Seems schwarzbier-esque for a moment.
Don't get used to it.
Turns sweeter with caramel and brown sugar. Sticks here for a while, with grain intrusions.. Nuance is gone. Carbonation and hopping raid the palate of flavor. Hopping is indistinguishable, but perhaps grassy.
Creamy? Not quite. Light-bodied, thin, pretty bland, and boring.
Not terrible as an unthoughtworthy quaffer. But don't get excited.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.01/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've never tried a "euro dark lager" before, so I decided to pick up a sixer at WalMart for something like five bucks!

This is exactly what it says. Creamy and dark. I poured this one aggressively into an imperial pint glass, and got a beautiful black brew with a three and a half finger head that went away quickly. I stuck my schnoz into the foam and it smells malty and bready...maybe pumpernickel? But wait, there is a bit of old-beer stank going on here too, and that is a little bit distracting. It really doesn't smell promising.

This tastes almost like a stout, but a little less bitter and alot more sweet. My jaw is on the floor! I can't believe how good this is for a cheapo beer that I got at a damn grocery store! It's very tasty (tastes much better than it smells), and has very little to distract from the sweet creamy malt. I like how rich and chocolatey this is, and I think that this would make for a very nice desert beer. This has me chanting in my head session, session, session.

This has a nice two step taste. First, creamy sweetness is all that I taste...then, a little bit of malt and powdered sugar fade away to a very very sweet and only very slightly dry finish. Excellent.

I am astounded at how awesome this is! It's not a very complex or interesting beer, but damn if it isn't just plain ole' good. For the money, this one is a killer! I have a crazy work schedule and it's hard for me to get to the "good beer" store when it's open but WalMart is open 24 hours a day! This could likely become a staple in my beer diet.
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Ok, it's a few days and several more of these bad boys later, and I know it's proabably bad form to edit my review, but I just had to bump up the drinkability score to a five. Seriously, this isn't the kind of beer that grabs you by the balls and begs for attention, but I'll be damned if they aren't just plain old good! And they are dirt cheap! (that probably shouldn't be a criteria for drinkability, but when they are less than a buck a peice at the grocery store it's kind of hard not to drink them).

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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.