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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: 774
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of kiddynamite920


3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Head looks a bit thin, pours a reddish brown that has a bit too much transparency. It is not considerably dark.

S: Smells a bit of the euro-skunkish aroma. Good malt character with a hint of burnt sugar and some dry cocoa. Again, nothing too impressive here. Also has a molasses/caramel aroma going on.

T: Carbonation makes this one go all over the place. Bitter chocolate and burnt wood type flavors mingling with some hop twang. A bit adjunct tasting as I usually get from Leiny's.

M: Way too thin and not creamy whatsoever. Thin and fizzy.

D: A standard euro lager that doesn't offer too much on the nose or palate, but is fairly drinkable. Would be good for some Sunday football I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 21:48:10 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of TheSarge


4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good. Nice two finger thick light tan cranium, with great retention and lacing. The body is very dark and deep ruby red when held up to light.

This has a nice citrusy/lemon aroma upfront, with slight hints of toasty coffee.

The taste has a good citrusy character to it as well, and the coffee is definitely there.

This brew is well balanced, crisp, and revitalizes the palate quite well. I would venture to say this would hold up well with any German Schwarz (black) beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 17:22:10 | More by TheSarge
Photo of SargeC


4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown brew with a foamy tan head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Roast malt. Coffee, dark chocolate, minerals and minor hops.

Taste: Solid roast malt flavor with a touch of citrus bite. Nice balance, hearty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Dry, semi-bitter finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty and sessionable. Well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 09:59:30 | More by SargeC
Photo of jhtipton


3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pour out of the bottle. The best one in the "Explorer Pack."Pours a dark brown in a weizen glass with about one inch of believe it or not "creamy" light brown head. Has more body than most of the Leine clan of lagers and almost as heavy as a stout.

Appearance: Dark brown
Smell: Malty
Taste: A little syrupy and reminds me of brown ale.
Mouthfeel: smoot
Drinkability: Good, will try to find again.

Do the chickens have large talons?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 11:20:35 | More by jhtipton
Photo of fizzy


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 17:06:54 | More by fizzy
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single pours a clear, chestnut color with a huge cap of creamy tan foam. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass as well, damn good looking beer.

Nose is very faint with just a kiss of burnt caramel maltiness, cocoa and peanuts. Surely they could've coaxed a bit more aroma out of the ingredients than this?

Taste is mildly sweet malt with a surprising amount of fruitiness for a lager. Burnt toast flavor is a bit of a turnoff and there is really not much else to support it, except a bit of stale malt cardboard. The quantity of flavor is pretty low, so it is easier to put down than my review makes it sound. I dont think I will be purchasing much of this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 00:51:28 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of bushbeer75


3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark poured a clear dark amber color - that is almost black with a slight red cast. Creamy Dark had a 2-finger creamy off-white head that left some nice lacing around my mug.

Smell and taste is of caramel and light chocolate malt and a touch of roastiness. The finish is to the dry side with a little hop bitterness thrown-in. Mouth feel was a little smooth and creamy but light.

Creamy Dark is one of 4 beers from Leinenkugel's Explorer Variety pack and is my favorite. Sure worth a try if you are looking for a brewed in America Dark Lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 23:08:03 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of tugdriver7


3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a year for Leinenkugel's to get this one to our area. Thus I was happy to see the sampler 12 pack in the stores last weekend. To date, Leinie's has been hit and miss, so I had high hopes for Creamy Dark. Fortunately, it was pretty good. Dark (cola) color in the glass with a "creamy" head that offered some lacing. Roasted (dunkel) malt in the nose that remained in the first taste, mellowing to a fairly robust nutty roast malt with an odd (charcoal/cardboard) off-taste that detracted from, though it didn't quite eliminate the positive drinkability. The sip ended with a hint of hops bitterness. The thinner body made it refreshing, but less satisfying; and an astringent alcohol scent permeated the nose during the last few (warm) sips at the bottom of the glass. So for Leinie's, it was good. But there are far better craft dunkels out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:14:13 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of jwc215


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head that stays.

The smell is of roasted grain, a soft touch of chocolate and slight earthy spicing.

The taste is of toasted grain, a hint of chocolate and some roast. Hops peek through enough to give balance to the sweetness.

It is light-bodied, approaching medium. It is on the overcarbonated side, with fizz almost hindering the "creamy".

Despite the fairly aggressive carbonation and relative thinness it does have a decent dark character and enough balance to make it an easy-drinking enough beer. Not as sweet as the other offerings I've had from this brewery, though sweet enough for the style. While this is certainly not a hop-centric style, I do with they would dump the bland cluster hops. In the end, this beer does have a malty, but balanced character and with less fizz and more body could be much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 03:39:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of beergod1


3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another easy drinking brew from Lienie's. Not sure about the "Creamy"part. It tastes somewhat like a Hobgoblin...Nutty,hint of dusted cocoa, a carbonated crisp finish. Very light hop note. As I said in other Lienie's reviews, their beers are a bit lighter then what type of beer it is....for a world of big beers, high hops and malt and other flavorings, this beer is great to go back to and relax my pallet. And not in a bad way. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 21:48:08 | More by beergod1
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / ea.

S: Dark roasted barley with hints of chocolate and coffee. Negligible hop signature. Smells more like a stout. Fairly weak scent, but little appears is nice.

A: Clear brown body with a big rocky tan head that leaves nice lacing and a generous cover.

T: Roasted nuts and chocolate. The cascade and Mt. Hood hops make an appearance on the back end lingering on the tongue.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp, but not all that creamy.

D: Light body, low -OH, and a reasonable price. Much more crisp than a typical dark brew, Creamy Dark is easy drinking.

O: Respectable showing from this Wisconsin based regional brewer (since 1867), but nothing that jumps out to separate itself from other craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 05:58:28 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of wahhmaster


2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-black color. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty smells come out strong up front. They are backed by a hint of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Kind of flat. There is barely any taste up front. It finishes with a little bit of hoppy bitterness paired with a kind of generic malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: While far from "creamy," it does have a strangely full body. The carbonation gives it a nice bite as well.

Drinkability: A pretty bland lager. Doesn't have much taste or flavor to speak of. Leinenkugel's has a fairly disappointing line-up and this beer falls squarely into that category.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 20:12:19 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of lester619


3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not all that familiar with the Euro Dark Lager style. As far as I know, this is the only one I have ever tried. Not bad looking beer, dark brown to black, translucent with some faint rust clolored hues. White, moderate head with ok lacing. Not much in the way of smell. Some understated sweet roasted, somewhat smokey notes, but nothing really grabs you. Taste is kind of the same. Some bittersweet chocolatey roasted malty flavors. Not much in the way of a hop presance. Smooth, but nothing all that great. My impression of this beer was that it was almost like a porter light. The flavors kind of remind you of a porter, but not really. It's not bad. It's pretty smooth and drinkable. It does have a thick creamy mouthfeel as advertised. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one. Pretty forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 21:23:19 | More by lester619
Photo of CRichardsMN


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark red brown with a quickly falling off-white bubbly head. Leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing.

Warm roasted nutty malts and hint of hops.

Very smooth roasted grains, slightly sweet with light hops. Leaves a small amount of bitterness on the finish.

Good amount of carbonation makes the brew feel lighter than the flavors would imply. Pretty smooth after things settle down.

Nice even balance and well rounded. Not too dense but lots of flavor that doesn't get boring or overbearing.

I've tried this on in the past and knew that it was a decent / above average beer. I recently bought the Leine's Explorer Pack and this is far and away my favorite in there (Fall pack with the Oktoberfest). I would buy this one again but as a solo 6-pack as the rest of the beers included are not anything special.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 21:10:04 | More by CRichardsMN
Photo of beachbum1975


2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank this one at RoyMuson's watching the Bengals game today. This was part of their Discovery 12-pack.

Pours a lightly murky brown with a loose bubbled head - decent retention.

Smells of semi-sweet roasted malts.

Taste reflects the nose. Nice, slightly creamy and roasted notes dominate the flavor. High carbonation and slightly crisp overall.

Nice, easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 17:20:23 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of exonthebottle


3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

easy to drink but has no lasting taste or complexity to it interesting making the beer underwhelming. this beer is too simple but there is malt, a light roast and amber color vagueness that lingers. little watery could have another but won't. my friend left me a what's left of a 12 pack might use it for cooking or tomato beer. ed notes tastes good as tomato beer combo if you get bored drinking it straight.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 03:10:20 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of jt31914


3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle:

A: Dark color; has a tint of amber to it. Nothing exceptional about the appearance.

S: Creamy smell, but very tame; lacks any strong or bold odor.

T: Similar to the smell. Pleasant and very drinkable, but lacking any type of dominating flavor. For a Leinenkugel's brew this is pretty solid, but it lacks enough actual taste to be a truly good beer.

M: Same as taste.

D: Very very drinkable. I could have six of these and not know the difference.

Overall, this is a completely average dark lager; I wish they would have attempted to add more flavor to the brew. However, I will say this is my favorite Leiny product.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 01:23:24 | More by jt31914
Photo of jbennett1919


2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very very dark brown, almost black into my glass. There is a foamy head that is slowly dissipating and leaving plenty of froth along the glass.

Not too much aroma coming from this brew. What I do pick up are some earthy malts, yeast and grains.

Tastes of some roasted malts, a little nuttiness and is followed by a little bitterness from the hops. Nothing too flavorful however.

The name 'Creamy Dark' does not lie, the mouthfeel has a very creamy texture to it, a little dryness as well.

I could sit here and drink these beers all night. However, it lacks the flavor and complexity of something that would make me want to go to the fridge (or store) and get another.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 02:07:48 | More by jbennett1919
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. The color is deep dark red, bordering on a brownish black. Creamy head, good retention and lacing.

(My tasting notes omit the smell characteristics. Sorry!)

Taste is very smooth, creamy. Hints of chocolate and roaste malts. Clean, lightly carbonated in the mouthfeel, but packing a good taste.

Certainly a drinkable beer, a good option from the Leine brand.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 23:54:35 | More by KTCamm
Photo of jera1350


3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery. Doesn't get much fresher than that.

Dark maroonish black color with small creamy head. Little lacing.

Smells like deep roasted malt.

Rich deep roasted malt, hint of coffee. Reminds me of a light stout.

Creamy mouthfeel as the name says. Smooth and lighter medium bodied.

I could drink quite a few of these no problem. This is in my top two of Leinie's beers that I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 18:41:10 | More by jera1350
Photo of Murphious


2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice malty aroma but, surprisingly NOT creamy. That is the name, isn't it? A let-down from a brewery that is my fave micro-macro from North America. More body and complexity needed---you would think they just took bottles of their lager and added caramel coloring after "extra-aging"...?

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 22:36:09 | More by Murphious
Photo of champ103


3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark and clear reddish/brown. At first a two finger beige head forms and recedes. Some good sticky lace is left in rings.
S: Sweet malt is dominate. A light toasted aroma. Clean husky grain. Metallic and dank.
T: Sweet caramel malt and grain again. Lightly toasted. Some chocolate as well. Inoffensive but pleasant.
M/D: A light to medium body. Over carbonated and watery. Pretty easy to drink. I have been known to session this from time to time.

This is a good beer. Though not what I remember. I use to drink this all the time. Either my tastes have changed, or the beer has changed. Still and easy beer to drink. Definitely worth a try though. One of Leinies better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 23:48:05 | More by champ103
Photo of dbtoe


4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good session beer. Good flavor nothing bold and a little week/watery. I think it would be a great intro too dark beer.
Look is dark with a tan head, looks good.
Smell malt and a hint of sweetness.
Taste is very mild a little roast, cream and finish with a hint of bitter.
Feel is thin and carbonation is good.
Drink very sessionable could have a lot of them. I think this is a good drink out of the bottle beer you are not going to miss much by not using a glass, and yet there is some flavor to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 09:20:24 | More by dbtoe
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good. Nice two finger pale tan head, pretty tight, and wants to stick around. Clear and dark. When backlight it reveals its deep garnet hue. Intricate lacings form and eventually succumb to gravity's pull.

Aroma is pretty clean and almost nondescript. There is, however, an underlying nuttiness and hints of cocao. Hints of Nobel hops at the finish.

A mild graininess is accented by more roasted malts with a touch of nuttiness and toffee. Decent. A touch of grassy hops rises above the clean bitterness present at the finish.

Not a bad brew, just not particularly exciting. Almost medium bodied with a noticeable creamy feel. I think more emphasis on the specialty malts could benefit this brew, it does have a solid, clean bitterness at the finish.

Certainly drinkable. Would make a nice addition to the session fare at a family gathering, or a decent crossover brew. Not much here though, however, to hold the interest of the dedicated craft beer afficionado. Glad to have tried it, probably wont again unless im at another shitty liquor store with shitty selection... hmmm, sounds like the circumstances that lead to the purchase in the first place...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 23:09:29 | More by demcorhip
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. 11309 on the neck. No other info. [Rereviewed 01-19-10. Only down .5 in drinkability]

A - Totally clear and dark brown amber, Creamy Dark has a nice dense two-finger, off-white head with good retention and some sticky lace.

S - The aroma is heavily roasted but some how thin. Dark roasted malts with small chocolate and cocoa nuances with a dry, lightly bitter finish.

T - First off, it IS pretty creamy. Possibly from oats I seem to get in the flavor. Again, roasted malts but rather thin. A little cocoa pokes through with some dryness but it's rather bland.

M - Very creamy like the name says yet still richly carbonated with a crisp finish. Medium-bodied and slightly dry on the finish.

D - Not bad at all but just bland. The aroma and flavor are unexciting which lands this beer in a MEH category. Not bad but not something I'd ever go out to get. In fact, I don't know of a case in which I would get it period.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 01:17:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
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