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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: 806
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
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 samie85
3.23/5  rDev -3%

A-Pours a translucent cola brown with a one finger head.

S-Smells of roasted malt and maybe a hint of pils.

T-Tastes mostly of a mild roasted barley and a dry, bitter, aftertaste.

M-Not what I would call creamy by a longshot, with a pretty high carbonation and a thin body.

D-Pretty easy to drink, but not a lot of character here. Seems to be a defining characteristic of Leinenkugel beers. I could see it being a great gateway beer though as it's more complex than adjunct lager's and but isn't too complex.

samie85, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%

Before you give me flak for this review, keep in mind the style -- Euro Dark Lager.
If you've actually been to Europe and had any of these, you'll know they're fairly generic, bodyless attempts at dark beer.

Pours a medium brown with 'burnt sienna' highlights (thank you crayola). Head is color of a lightly toasted english muffin, big and rocky due to my aggressive pour. Leaves a spider web of lace down the side.

Smell is a little on the weak side for the malts, but when chilled properly it gives of a bit of a zesty bite at the end. a nutty smell is also present.

The taste might not impress you, but its way better than most Euro dark lagers (Pelforth comes to mind). it has more of a hoppy bite at the end, as well as more of a nut presence. While more malt would be appreciated, its still easily drinkable and enjoyable.

While creamy isn't necessarily a word I'd use to describe the mouthfeel, it is certainly thicker than the european counterparts.

Overall, and me being a big fan of Leinies in general, think this is one of their better offerings. Better than anything that comes to mind from this category that I tried while in Europe. Cheaper too.

AmberMan22, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

brownbeer, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.33/5  rDev 0%

I have to say this brew looked great but fell a bit flat in the flavor department. The nearly black substance filling my perfect pour glass with 1.5 fingers of head, and when it settled it made a shape resembling the Bahama Islands. The aroma had a hint of malt with toffee. The taste and body were a bit weak and unimpressive. It wasn't too bad but I won't go out of my way to get one.

DesMoinesMike, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

tigg924, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

A clear brown pour with a foamy two finger off white head , some spotty lacing , medium to high carbonation . Aroma of slightly burnt caramel, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate , some small metallic hints , probably from the carbonation . Flavor is roasty and slightly tannic , hints of chocolate and walnut shells , light body with a watery mouthfeel , smooth slightly roasty finish as promised , quite sessionable , and a decent offering .

WakeandBake, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

kiddynamite920, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

TheSarge, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of SargeC
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

SargeC, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jhtipton
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%

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?

jhtipton, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of fizzy
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

fizzy, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of bushbeer75
3.53/5  rDev +6%

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.

bushbeer75, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of tugdriver7
3.83/5  rDev +15%

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.

tugdriver7, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

jwc215, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of beergod1
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

beergod1, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

dpnelson1978, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%

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.

wahhmaster, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of lester619
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

lester619, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of CRichardsMN
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

CRichardsMN, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

beachbum1975, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of exonthebottle
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

exonthebottle, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of jt31914
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

jt31914, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of jbennett1919
2.93/5  rDev -12%

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.

jbennett1919, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

KTCamm, Aug 24, 2009
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