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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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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of mralphabet
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark brown with red highlights, with about 1/2 a fingers worth of off white head that settles to a nice ring with some soapy lacing that hangs on until the end.

S: I'm getting a few things here... sweet malt, a hint of coffee, toast and chocolate. The malt gets sweeter smelling as it warms. Aftertaste has a slight bitterness and warmth.

T: The malt is the strongest taste here... The malt is both sweet and roasted with hints of chocolate and very light coffee. Pretty much like the smell.

M: A lot lighter than I was expecting, carbonation is lively at first but mellows as it warms. Creamy it is not.

D: Very easy to drink, good flavors and low ABV so you could drink a few. Again a pretty good little brew from Leinenkugels. Worth a try.

mralphabet, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer, but I think that category is given too much weight in the scoring here. Chestnut brown with ruby highlights when backlit, and a fluffy dirty blonde head that stays briefly then fades to film and ring.

Clean, grainy, and a little bit malty sweet. Even a faint bit of roast.. Pleasant is about as strong of a compliment I can come up with. As certainly as It's not bad it is similarly not special.

Just enough malty to balance the vaguely roasty grainy flavor that dominates.

Light carbonation and pretty thin, but there is a little bit of something there. I guess you could fairly say it is on the low side of medium body, and it finishes clean.

This beer has some flavor and it goes down easy. If a guy found himself at a family reunion in the midwest, this would beat the crap out of whatever macro lagers found sharing cooler space with it.

Actually kind of surprised to find this in my parents fridge, where they have (with no small amount of influence on my part) evolved towards Two Hearted, Bell's Java Stout and other very respectable brews. But I can see where it might be the right one for the job, under certain circumstances. Not bad, not great.

sprucetip, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark brown body, 1 finger head that disappears and no lacing.

S - hint of toasted nuts and malt.

T - very mild toasted nuts and roasted malt, bubbly dark lager.

M - light body, too much carbonation for this style.

D: Out of all the Leine's this is one of the few I don't mind. Not a must have, but not awful either.

BeerLover99, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown almost with very little transparency. There is a nice foamy tan head as well.

Smell: Not as strong as I would expect but there is a nice nutty smell with a little bit of a sweet malty scent

Taste: It takes a little while to first get a flavorful taste but then it goes from a mild bitterness to a very pleasant nutty aftertaste. I really like the aftertaste of this one and would really enjoy having a few of these.

ruckus232, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of AllFineThings
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well it poured to a half inch thick head and had a transluscent dark body when held up to the light, so ok.

Some lacing, smells like a beer nothing hard core of note, but decent.

Thin mouthfeel, and a raisiny, but not phenomenal nose, tastes like a dark lager.

I am not a big fan of this style, but it is just an ok version of the style. It is easy to drink, but nothing I would seek out again..not bad for the price.

AllFineThings, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of zulufactor
2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

To preface, i did not buy this beer. I was at a party and it was free. To me a fair price.

The smell was malt and generic "dark beer"

The taste was not bad or good for that matter.

For being called "creamy dark" there was no cream. That is to say it was about as creamy as skim milk.

In the end this could be a gateway beer for MGD drinkers ending in a discovery of true stouts.

zulufactor, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle no. 01171-C20956. Sampled on December 14, 2010. It certainly has a handsome looking dark amber-ruby red pour with a little bit of head that never quite goes away. The aroma is rather thin with elements of yeast, grains, and malts. The body weight is around medium. The flavor has a hint of bitterness but it leaves a sour aftertaste. I had it with pizza and it was fine.

puboflyons, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

chinchill, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Shrews629
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brown/amber mixed with a deep ruby color. Clear. Had only the slightest off white head that had decent retention and ok lacing. The head settled to a respectable film.

Smell - Some caramel malt in the nose. Some roasted malt. Picked up a miniscule amount of coffee bean. Molasses even. Biscuit aromas pick up as the beer warms.

Taste - Roasted or toasty malt at first with the taste. The caramel is no as present. Getting more of a raisin flavor and also some grain. Even a slight bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel and mostly dry. Coats the throat and tongue modestly. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - This beer isn't bad. Decent little change. The brew looked and smelled good enough. Might be more of an entry level dark beer for people looking to expand their horizons. I could drink a few of these for sure.

Shrews629, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of gotweid
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle. Amber/dark brown in color. Thin head. Aroma of burnt malt/cooked grains. Malty flavor with a little chocolate and smokey/cooked grain. I would say that yes, it is smooth, and easy to drink. Enjoyable, tasty brew. Worth another purchase.

gotweid, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Dark beer from Leinie's while pouring very nicely into my beer mug where I see a dark brownish beer with a small yellowish-white head that has good retention with not much lacing. The carbonation is very good and when smelling the beer I can faintly smell some hops, but nothing that stands out. I will admit that this beer looks and feels a lot better than it tastes, because while it has a nice creamy texture to the mouthfeel and goes down nice and smoothly the taste is not as good as I was expecting. When drinking it I can taste some malts with a slight taste of hops, and even though the bottle says nothing about chocolate being in there I am pretty sure I can taste a slight bitterness of chocolate in the aftertaste. I have learned from this beer that it might not always taste as good as it looks. I don't think this is a bad beer, but not something to go out of your way for either.

DannyDan, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Yesac
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours light brown, appears transparent dark brown in the glass. Small tan head.

S- Big malt and wheat on the nose, caramel malt.

T- Dark caramel malt, slight zest, wheat. Not much going on here.

M- Thin, watery. Nothin special.

D- Malty, easy drinking. Not complex or that tasty overall but not so bad.

Yesac, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of MakeIncuSciBus
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber color. Very little head at all, and what there is appears white/brown. Smell is malty, with some caramel/sweet odor.

This beer tastes very good. It is a bit darker and heavier than others, but nowhere near say a Guinness draught.

MakeIncuSciBus, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - almost light porter in color, fast falling head.

S - non-roasted malts, some caramel... but mostly just a heavy box box lager.

T - lager with caramel. Not bitterness which is biotech nice, smooth.

M - light coating but good tingle on sides of tongue.

D - I could drink this over basically any other non stout or porter.

biglite351, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of revolt914
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some of my favorite beers are dark lagers, and this one doesn't disappoint. I poured this from a bottle into a tall stein.

appearance is dark with medium brown around the edges. head is fairly white slightly off color but probably due to reflection of the beer.

smell is very nice, probably the best point of this beer. it's got some very sweet smelling notes to it and I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit before I had even taken my first drink.

taste was a bit of a let down to me. I expected it to be a little darker then it was. I guess that's the creamy part being a little lighter in flavor but over all it was really a good beer.

mouthfeel is good with a bit of a tingle to the tongue and you can tell you're drinking a good dark lager.

Drinkability is good, I would grab this beer if it was one of 10 beers available.

revolt914, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark brown with thin head.

S: Very malty with some hints of chocolate.

T: Light chocolate taste with some piney hops. A bit of a smokey finish.

M: Light with some above average carbonation. Not as creamy as I'd hoped.

D: Not too bad.

I didn't get a whole lot out of this beer. Glad I got it in a mixed 6.

RunForYourBeer, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Twelve Pines.

Another step into Wisconsin beer during the Man's Weekend. It pours a dark brown with garnet highlights topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose is nearly nonexistent, a fact which was corroborated by others at the table, though some intense nasal digging did eventually flush out some very light notes of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. The taste is also kinda light, but not nearly as much so as the smell: notes of coffee, cream, vanilla, and roasted malts dance around playfully on the 'buds. The body is a sleek medium, with a light carbonation and a decidedly creamy feel. Overall, a nice little bit o' darkness, nothin' too dark, but something easily drinkable and enjoyable, especially given the more-than-reasonable pricetag.

TMoney2591, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of JLeege
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a very deep brown with a khaki head, good lacing

Smell- dark roasted malt, tobacco

Taste- follows the aroma, a touch smokey even, fairly sweet

Mouthfeel- average, not "creamy" a tad bit watery on the finish

Overall- this is not a bad beer at all, especially for the style. On a cool fall night I would have no problem drinking a handfull of these.

JLeege, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of merddyn2002
4.7/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a perfect example of a dark creamy lager. It's velvety and smooth and chocolaty without a burned flavor in most dark beers. Smooth doesn't even cover it really, it truly creamy. The empty bottle is up on my shelf as examples of great beers right next to Midas Touch, Sunset wheat and Cherry wheat. Something I would recommend to a friend who doesn't know what real beer is but wants a great introduction.

merddyn2002, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
4.6/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an average beer mug at around 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber/brown color to the beer. Nearly opaque, exactly what I would expect from a dark beer. The head is nice and foamy at about 3/4 inches tall, and recedes slowly leaving a very thin ring of head around the top of the glass. Creamy and dark; so far, so good!

Smell: Also good; gentle malt aroma accented with what smells like coffee and chocolate tones. Pristine bitterness with a mild sweetness that begs for a taste. It's bitey but also reserved...a wonderfully complex aroma. We shall proceed...

Taste: Excellent...near perfect in my opinion. Leinenkugel's may not be a "microbrewery," but they definitely took the time to personally ensure this one was right. The balance between the hops and the malt is probably the best that I have ever had. Undertone reminiscent of pine, caramel; all very, very well mixed together. Aftertaste is not bitter, it is just as creamy as the label suggests. Beautiful, we've got a winner!

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick. Not overly carbonated, but a slow fizz occurs upon savoring the beer. Goes down very smoothly; it's not hard to take two or three sips in a row. It IS hard to put down the glass long enough to write out a coherent thought process in one take! :-P

Drinkability: I could easily drink this as a session beer, and would go so far as to suggest that it would be just as appropriate with a steak-and-potatoes dinner as it would be with a bag of Doritos and a bowl of salsa. Versatile beer here, I am impressed.

I have enjoyed many of Leinenkugel's other offerings, and this is no exception. They are a company that must truly care about the taste of their product and not "the-bottom-line." I would absolutely recommend this beer to a friend, but even more so to an enemy; the gesture of friendship may actually melt their heart of stone.

Probably not. But the point is, it's an amazing beer. 8-)

Lauthaha, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of confer
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cola brown with and off white head that fades to the surface and then disappears.
S- Caramel malt but very light. You really have to work to get a smell.
T- Toasty caramel which is really enjoyable until the metallic finish.
MD-A little bit thinner than the name. This is a very good dark beer that is on the "light" side. Goes down easy. I would not say no to another if offered.
Thanks to Tom H. for the Leinies Sampler.

confer, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of diabecktic
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour yields ~2 fingers of airy, light tan head. Retention is fairly good, as ~1 finger remains after several seconds; lacing is minimal. The beer appears to be black, but when held to a light it's actually more of a dark brown with a hint of cherry red. Again, when held to the light I can see rising carbonation.

The aroma seems to be a nutty mix of toasted malts. It's a bit on the outdoorsy side, but I wouldn't quite describe it as smoky. There doesn't seem to be too much in the realm of hops, but there is a bit of pungency that lends some "heft" to the smell. It's appealing, but not intoxicating.

Much like the nose, this beer's essence seems to be that of lightly toasted barley malts. A subtle nuttiness compliments it nicely, but it seems to be offset by a bit of what I would consider to be a metallic taste. Though not blatantly offensive, the latter does seem to add a bit of an odd bite to the hop portion. This also tends to linger once the aforementioned characteristics leave the palate.

Carbonation isn't excessive, so the beer sits nicely in my mouth. The toasted, nutty malt leaves a pleasant sensation which becomes more pleasant as the beer warms. Though the finish is fairly clean, the aftertaste lingers a bit. The body is pretty good; it's light enough to enable quick drinking, but heavy enough to avoid being watered-down.

If it weren't for the odd aftertaste, I would probably rate this part higher. However, relative to some other dark lagers I've had (most notably, Shiner's Bohemian), this beer is fairly light and clean for the style - this helps improve my overall rating.

I suppose this brew epitomizes what you would normally expect from Leinenkugel's. It's an attempt at something different, but it doesn't quite blow you away because it falls just short; it's good, but not great. This was an awesome beer to use for boiling bratwurst, but it's not an excellent beer for drinking. Now, I would much rather have this than some other macro, but I wouldn't quite say that it does the style justice. Again - it's a good beer, but not a great example of what it aims to be.

diabecktic, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown with a bit of red highlights. Has an off white head with descent retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing here and there.

S- Smells of roasted, sweet malt, a bit coffee and chocolate. As this one warmed up a bit I think I can pick up just a tiny bit of floral hops.

T- Malts dominate, a bit of roasted malts and maybe some burnt coffee and chocolate. Not really anything else going on here.

M- Lighter side of medium and low in carbonation. Maybe a little on the watery side.

D- Fairly easy to drink, but there's just not a lot going on.

nrbw23, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of off white head. It is a really dark rust color, reminiscent of a bock. It has a sweet grainy smell. The taste is of a lager but there is a roasted malt character to it, as well. It has a watery mouthfeel. I remember liking this beer a few years ago. I would still choose it over a BMC, but my palate does not respect lagers the way it used to.

buschbeer, Jul 10, 2010
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.