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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Creamy DarkLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark

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Ratings: 740
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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Photo of DisasterDave

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell of this beer is rich and sweet and as creamy as you would hope from a bottle with creamy in it's title. It is smooth and easy to drink but the finish of the taste does not maintain the high standard set by the aroma. The hops are not over powering but still leave more after taste than my personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 03:15:57 | More by DisasterDave
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug. Pours a slightly transparent dark black/brown with a thin beige head. No lace. The aroma is sweet with fresh-baked cookies, bread, toffee, sweet malts. A moderately crisp body deepens the the feel of this lager, but there's a slickness to it on the finish that weakens it for me. The sweetness carries over as this beer is like fresh warm bread with sugar on top. Light chocolate malt notes round out, and there's just a kiss of alcohol on the finish. This is an easy drinker, though a bit middle-of-the-road, that I would like to have on hand time and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:07:26 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Moontang

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my trusty highball from the bottle with dinner.

Appearance: Practically no head, not that I'm bothered by it. It's only a few ticks short of pitch black.

Smell: Sweet and crisp, not bad.

Moutfeel: rather thick, not a lot of fizz, great.

Taste: very smoky, with a clear, mild malt finish. A bit lackluster, to be honest.

Drinkability: refreshing, but otherwise unremarkable

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:33:54 | More by Moontang
Photo of BMMillsy


3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this one after softball, poured into my dixie cup. Pours a brown color with a creamy kahki one finger head. Not bad here. Aroma is sweet roasted grains, lactose, nuts. Flavor follows with a slightly nutty and sweet flavor, rather smooth. A bit of hops on the finish with a slight sweetness lingering on the palate. Very smooth and easy drinking. Not bad, honestly, and I could drink a lot of this at a BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 13:27:42 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of jmarsh123


3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a minimal white head and a touch of lacing.

Aroma smells like roasted malts added to some cheap grains.

Flavor is very malty. A touch of roasted malt and some sweetness. Again the cheap grain flavor permeates, but it isn't horrible.

Lighter on the mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

For what this is, it's fairly solid. Certainly not something I'd go for all the time, but when the only options are BMC this is a cut above.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 01:30:31 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of vette2006c5r


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

Creamy Dark pours an almost black, dark color, with a tan head that disapated quickly. There was a bit of smokey aroma to it, but overall was weak. The taste was a little creamy, a bit smokey, and had a decent sweet malty backbone to it, but was a bit watery. Overall a decent dark beer, its enjoyable but could have been better.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 23:22:55 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of tone77


3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and smoke. Taste is smoke up front, some malts, a hint of charcoal. Different and unexpected flavor profile. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 21:17:08 | More by tone77
Photo of DrDemento456


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looses point on being dark it's just a brown ale with a pretty sticky opaque colored head.

S - Smell is kind of diluted but I get some sweet malts and a touch of roast.

T - Again sweet malts and a touch of roast. It's kind of bitter and skunky but it goes down rather smooth.

M - Well it's dark but only light bodied. Not bad.

Overall I kind of purchased this as a novelty idea for 1 dollar but it ended up being as good as said price. Not something to seek out but never really worth turning away.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 05:52:50 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this Euro Dark Lager in a nonic pint.

Appearance- The filmy tan foam musters a finger of width and falls to just cover the cap. The body has a very dark-brown body with a few slants of ruby highlights.

Smell- I can certainly smell the dark malts. They are not so much roasted as they are sweet. I will say that the flavors are more generic, "just" a sweet malt base. There is also an earthy, nutty flavor in the beer below the sweetness that I do not think fits this profile well.

Taste- A hop tingle and a grassy roast hit the palate pretty quickly. A roasted, nutty flavor then takes over on the palate. The finish is roasted and sweet from the caramel malt. It is a fine set of flavors, if not a bit watered down and simple.

Mouth feel- The body is thinner and definitely feels watery. I am surprised that the finish can go on for so long. The roasted aspect of the beer does not mesh with this light of a body.

Overall- This Euro Dark Lager has more positive points than negative. It would just be nice if they were more pronounced and given a body that had more heft.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:45:50 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

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

On tap in a room-temp pint glass.

A- A good looking dark brown black beer with a slight head. There is decent lacing and carbonation. It also has the mocha brown top ring that is characteristic of very dark beers.

S-roasted malts are strong with a hint of sweetness from some toffe or caramel.

T-very malty, but with a bit of bitterness from all the roasting. Not a hint of hops.

M-good carbonation holds some body, keeping this a notch above the thin watery varieties.

O-I like it. Easy drinking, good flavor, just the right abv. A good dark lager.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 00:50:28 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Blueribbon666


3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes
Pours into pint glass a dark mahogany with no head to speak of but with decent carbonation.
Smells of malt and a kiss of hops in the mix as well
Taste/Mouthfeel smooth from the get go, yes, creamy not so much. Crispness of the hops gives way to a dull malty finish that's not watery so much as unremarkable. Overall, still on the hunt for a dark/black lager that I would buy again this seems like a poor man's bock.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 11:01:19 | More by Blueribbon666
Photo of Jamesthebrit


3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Good bubbly head. Very dark brown.
S: Smells like sawdust and sweat, not that that's a bad thing. A little light on the smell but there was something there.
T: Very light with lingering malty flavor. Nothing special here but nothing bad either.
M: Sits bubble and pretty alright. I mean, nothing bad and slightly above average

Overall this is a positively average beer. Nothing bad but few things that really make it stand out. If you like lighter beers check it out, otherwise probably pass.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 22:53:57 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a warm, dark, semi-transparent brown with a nice thick light tan head that hangs around for a bit and leaves just a little lacing. Aroma has licorice, unsweet chocolate and miso notes plus a hint of molasses. Flavor seems a bit on the thin side, smoky with woody, unsweet chocolate and licorice notes, not great but still pleasing. Maybe this was from not the best batch, or it's better on-tap. Texture has average body and above-average fizz. Overall, decent if not great, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:56:33 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a bottle marked best through April 2nd of 2012 (a little over two months from now). It pours a coffee black with just about a quarter inch of khaki head that falls to a thin film after a very short time. There is quite a bit of visible carbonation showing through the red when the beer is held to the light. There is some lacing on the glass as the beer's drained. The smell is the biggest disappointment from Creamy Dark: I pick up a very faint roasted malt when I really get my nose in the glass, but I shouldn't have to work that hard for it. The taste is pleasant for this style, with the roasted malt assertive but not overpowering. A little smokey, with just a suggestion of coffee. The feel is just fine--pretty good body for a Euro dark, as well as some decent creaminess and fairly clean finish.

While this beer will probably not win many awards when stacked up against other crafts, it has a nice flavor and drinkability that make it a very good value. I grew up with Leinenkugel beers, and I owe a lot of my current appreciation of craft beer to that company. Creamy Dark doesn't try to do too much; and what it does do can really hit the spot. Try pairing this with sauerkraut-covered bratwurst from the grill.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:40:31 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of Chiefy770


2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this from the bottle and enjoyed it from a pint glass.

A: A below average appearance. Dark brown color. Thin head and light lacing. Did not stick around for long. Not what I would call a creamy appearance.

S: Nutty and toasty.

T: Malty taste. Faint hint of coffee. Lighter taste than other dark lagers.

M: The malts leave the taste-buds watering. A pleasing amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice beer for the season. Not exactly creamy and warming like one would think. This is a great dark lager for those who do not care for full-flavor dark lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:30:14 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of Looneybiz


2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical appearance for a Leinenkugel's beer. Nothing really cool on the bottle other than a short descreption on the beer. Pours dark (of course) with a little head that doesn't stick around or leave much lacing.

Smell was very very feint. You could only smell a wee little bit of malt.

The taste and mouthfeel were a bit disappointing for a dark beer. Its not really "Creamy" at all and the malt, which is the primary flavor, is also pretty weak.

I was expecting a bit more, I know leinenkugel's generally doesn't get the best ratings on here. But I do like the taste of some of their beers. This one was just all right though.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 06:02:51 | More by Looneybiz
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Appears a clear dark brown color with a relatively larger and lacier head than all the other beers I've had yet in my Leinenkugel session. Still, I would only call the lacing and head average quality at best. For something with the word "creamy" on the label, the texture is actually not all that creamy either, just a standard medium thickness. Still, this medium level of body is slightly thicker in feel than all the other beers from this session thus far... just not really "creamy" to my mouth. Taste and smell follow each other exactly once again, some chocolate malt with a modicum of roastiness and mild bittering finishing things off. It does succeed at having a classic 'clean lager' character to both the nose and the flavor, but that's about all that strikes me as memorable about this one. Not bad, not really great either.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 21:31:47 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and creaminess. In the taste, a small roast, lager like and a small lactose presence. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry creamy roast in the aftertaste. Standard dark lager but a bit creamier and sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 14:00:56 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another unconventional lager from leinenkugels. pours dark and frothy, just short of a guinness in appearance. smells like a standard dark lager, roasty and malty. im guessing here the "creamy" refers to its texture, not the presence of lactose sugars ala a milk stout, because there is no residual sweetness in the smell or taste. the texture is not in fact as creamy as i was hoping, and i found it to be a bit thinner than i was after, but still fuller bodied and smooth. slightly better than average

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 21:12:38 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Crundy


3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue with a tan colored head

S: strong yeast aroma, roasted malt, caramel or toffee notes

T: coffee bitterness, roasted malt, yeast flavors are more subdued, thats about all I get from it

M: smooth, creamy, medium bodied, no aftertaste to speak of.

O: This is a pretty good beer, it doesn't wow or excel but its very drinkable and a great cold weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 21:19:40 | More by Crundy
Photo of AleWatcher


2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

So this is a beer I used to actually like back in my early 20's, but of course I was drinking straight from the bottles back then.

Well, this is not 'good' the way I remember it, though it is better than the other beer's in the winter sampler pack(though I haven't tried the fireside yet!)
There is some chocolate malt, some caramel malt, some crystal too perhaps? The lager yeast is too crisp, and the bitterness too sharp. The beer isn't overly bitter, it's just that it finishes strangely. It's hard to describe.

The beer feels way overcarbonated and surprisingly thin. The fact that it is the color of a lousy brown ale means this beer doesn't live up to either of the two words that male up it's title. It is an affront to all things creamy, as well as to all things dark. No retention, no lacing. Looks flat, and about as appealing as dirty dishwater.

Overall-- yikes. This is not an F, but this is not very good either... But, at least it's better than the one made by Guinness!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:48:08 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of BJsLove


1.63/5  rDev -51.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:48:04 | More by BJsLove
Photo of Goliath


2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with ruby hues in the light. There is a two inch light tan head that forms on the pour and lingers with great head retention.

The aroma is pretty bad. It's amazing, but this beer smells just like a pale adjunct lager even though it has a darker grain bill. Anyway, it's got a basic bready malt profile and no noticeable hops.

The taste is basic. There is a dark brain bill providing notes of roasted grain, and not much else. Very basic.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Average carbonation rounds it out.

Overall it's a pretty crappy beer. I don't have much else to say besides that.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 00:34:59 | More by Goliath
Photo of raznug


3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a crystal clear deep garnet topped with an inch of tight white head that tends to linger nicely, followed by lacing that sticks to the glass all the way down to the finish.
Smell: Smells of spices and malt blend nicely in the nose.
Taste: The taste of this beer is rather not bland but lacks the flavor that I expect.
Mouthfeel: This beer does have a creaminess that is very enjoyable and makes for a very drinkable smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 20:40:37 | More by raznug
Photo of TippySelenoid


3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

This beer is dark brown and clear. It's got a really nice off white head that has a creamy appearance.

It's got a few roasted malts, but there's really not much to smell.

It's taste is pretty bland. It's not got a lot of anything. There's some roasted malts but only a little bit.

It's creamy, the head retention is pretty remarkable. It's smooth and has a nice bubbly feel.

Overall, this beer is weird for me. It doesn't taste like much, but I still really like it. This is also a beer that I can consume rapidly. It's gulpable. Not necessarily a good thing, but if you're not careful 6 of these can disappear in a hurry.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 15:05:11 | More by TippySelenoid
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.