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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Creamy DarkLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark

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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%


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 pmcadamis:
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 19:48:59 | More by pmcadamis
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Lager with a unique blend of four barley malts, Cluster, Cascade and Mt. Hood hops." Brewed in the style of an Euro Dark Lager, reportedly available as a year round but appears most commonly in the winter months. My bottle was in the 2013 winter variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy tan head of a creamy frothed consistency. Body color is a deep brown with burgundy highlights. High clarity and plentiful carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and clingy, far above my expectations for the appearance of any Leinenkugel year-round beer. 4.25

(Smell) Medium roasted malts, moderately toasted crystal malt, hints of chocolate and light caramel syrup and a modest dash of cream. Aroma is nutty and subtly sweet, not too overdone. Hops provide a very slight earthy and herbal bitterness and balance. 4

(Taste) Bitter roasted malt and dry toast with an understated sweetness. The body is significantly lager-light, less dense and less sweet than the aroma anticipated. Some mellow acidity and cold coffee roast aside, there isn't much to comment on in the flavor of this beer, it's simple and not overly done. Hops are barely audible in the flavor in both flavor and bitterness, the little bitterness required to balance this out comes from earthy roast and the grain malt, and even that may go too far. Finishes nutty, grainy, quite dry, not unlike my expectations for the style. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, dry, mildly chewy. Carbonation adds some light froth and soft crispness to the texture, creamy certainly doesn't spring to mind as a potential adjective to use because the body simply doesn't warrant it, with a light+ body for the style and a light/medium body overall, its a fairly drinkable lager, especially with a generally well-concealed alcohol, barring some graininess, which calls out these subtle imperfections. Balance is in favor of dry, earthy bitterness over sweetness. 3.5

(Overall) It's Leinenkugel, so don't expect to have your socks blown off, but considering Euro Darks aren't very easy to find in the States, this is about as representative of the style as you're going to get (Barring Guinness Black Lager, which I felt was worse). The roast and toasted grain notes aren't too overpowering, and in that I'm glad, because there's very little sweetness to accommodate such a body. Possibly one of the more roundly acceptable beers Leinenkugel brews but not overly fascinating regardless. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark
3.53/5.00

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:21:20 | More by Jadjunk
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Malone47

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-09-2014 16:16:23 | More by Malone47
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ChaseBeer

Alaska

4/5  rDev +19.8%

04-08-2014 01:11:34 | More by ChaseBeer
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OMills

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

04-04-2014 06:36:53 | More by OMills
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clager

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

04-04-2014 00:09:12 | More by clager
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

04-03-2014 02:43:19 | More by OriolesFan1008
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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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WuBByG999

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-01-2014 19:37:36 | More by WuBByG999
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-01-2014 19:32:05 | More by brandoman63
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ZOSO2192

New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

03-30-2014 18:39:38 | More by ZOSO2192
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hotdogtornados

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-20-2014 01:19:56 | More by hotdogtornados
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KnappStout

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-19-2014 19:26:53 | More by KnappStout
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-19-2014 03:42:17 | More by jimmah120
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richaa01

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-16-2014 20:21:42 | More by richaa01
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Boca-X

Missouri

3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter. Deep brown, almost black in color. Off white creamy head, disappeared fast, medium lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, slight burnt sourdough bread.

Extremely thin, heavy carbonation up front on the tongue. Some sweetness in the middle but fades very fast...actually it's overwhelmed by the bitter coco and burnt toast flavors. A little warmth on the throat going down...some bitter cold coffee lingers in my mouth.

A little disappointed, with a name like Dark Creamy...well you get what I'm saying...dark yes, creamy not even close. Parts of this are ok...but it's not very balanced wth to much carbonation, bitterness and way to thin. I bought in a sample pack...would not buy in a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:38:44 | More by Boca-X
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Boverhof3

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-09-2014 23:53:58 | More by Boverhof3
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msambita

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +49.7%

03-09-2014 05:17:17 | More by msambita
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Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

03-08-2014 22:15:56 | More by alcoholinside
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug: color is dark brown to near black, amber edges, head is tan, presents 1/2 inch thick, lingers well and leaves nice lacing.

Smell is biscuit, wheat, touch of chocolate, really feint roast.

Taste is less creamy than the aroma, mostly a subtle blend of roast and chocolate, subtle biscuit and wheat, maybe some lactose like sweetness, hops are lightly earthy, mostly bittering.

Mouthfeel is crisper than necessary and not what complimentary for a 'creamy' beer: crisp, over carbonated and too biting on the tongue.

Overall, a semi decent brew from Leinenkugel's, but lacking in certain qualities to qualify for a 'creamy' brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:52:15 | More by mvanaskie13
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Shafaegalo

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-07-2014 00:21:50 | More by Shafaegalo
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Jra1985

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-05-2014 20:35:46 | More by Jra1985
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-05-2014 01:17:50 | More by jp312
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Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-02-2014 09:16:46 | More by Shluffy
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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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