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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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796 Ratings
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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
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Reviews by fizzy:
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fizzy

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +0.3%

I have noticed for the first time just how similar all the Leinie brews taste. I bought one of the Explorer 12 pks, and went through on of each flavor in the course of an afternoon and evening. I really am not as impressed as when I was a young guy and a trip to Chippewa Falls for free tour and beer was something to look forward too.

12-21-2009 17:06:54 | More by fizzy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

03-24-2003 10:52:32 | More by oberon
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

10-17-2005 02:21:34 | More by DaPeculierDane
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

02-12-2010 00:17:42 | More by brownbeer
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

12-13-2005 08:08:39 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-12-2012 23:12:16 | More by dmheinz57
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GeoBear

Texas

4/5  rDev +19.8%

10-23-2013 20:44:46 | More by GeoBear
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loose5682

Illinois

4/5  rDev +19.8%

04-19-2013 04:13:29 | More by loose5682
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babyhobbes

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

02-01-2004 01:51:14 | More by babyhobbes
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.2%

04-25-2013 02:30:14 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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SAxDRC5

Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.2%

12-04-2011 02:08:01 | More by SAxDRC5
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

12-08-2006 02:44:14 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.65/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

03-15-2005 02:53:52 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

01-19-2010 13:49:42 | More by tigg924
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

12-05-2013 04:02:03 | More by Mugenlude
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Michael_Squires

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

02-02-2014 23:50:22 | More by Michael_Squires
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-17-2012 21:35:54 | More by NilocRellim
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ryanocerus

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

07-27-2002 00:33:30 | More by ryanocerus
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-22-2012 02:12:02 | More by Milkysunshine
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afoltz2

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-25-2012 16:58:00 | More by afoltz2
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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-02-2014 17:46:44 | More by GOBLIN
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far333

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

08-20-2003 01:48:06 | More by far333
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Dinkel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

06-29-2013 21:15:06 | More by Dinkel
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Timmuh


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-17-2012 01:22:39 | More by Timmuh
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.33/5  rDev -30.2%

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.

08-22-2010 15:27:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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