1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Leinenkugel's Creamy DarkLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

778 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 778
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
View: Beers (34) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 778 | Reviews: 306 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of youngleo
youngleo

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours to a very dark brown to almost black. Had a nice caramel colored head. Had some good lacing that left rings around the glass with each swallow.
S- Smelled of coffee, and caramel. With a hint of alcohol.
T- Had a dark beer taste to start but the flavor just didnt have a finish. Almost like it was slightly watered down. Had a coffee after taste.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was good and not too much.
D- I guess I expected more from Leinenkugel on this one. There just wasnt enough flavor to get me to buy these and not some other dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 18:07:27 | More by youngleo
Photo of keoki182
keoki182

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite Leinie’s beer. It’s dark, but it’s pretty thin and easy-drinking. I love the deep brown/black color and the wonderful toasted/caramel aroma. Creamy Dark is extremely smooth in the mouthfeel department, perhaps a bit thin, but it makes that 5th and 6th pint very easy to drink. The flavor is not overwhelming, but very tasty and again, caramelly. Try this beer if you’re new to the Leinenkugel stable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2007 16:23:56 | More by keoki182
Photo of vickersspitfire
vickersspitfire

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It’s a very dark reddish/brown beer with a nice head and almost no lacing, and it has some mild carbonation. Smells like roasted nuts and chocolate and wheat bread. It’s pretty smooth and has a semi-crisp taste followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste, it’s not a full bodied beer. After I let it warm up a bit the bitter aftertaste seemed to mellow out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 03:29:28 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of FightingEntropy
FightingEntropy

Minnesota

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

Presentation: draft on Miller Tour in Milwaukee

A: dark brown with copper highlights and a =fluffy dirty white head that fell quickly

S: slight roast in nose, hints of chocolate, floral hop as well, soft, bready sweet malt, almost cloying, mineral hard water smell

T: It is creamy--it lives up to that. Roasty center that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: watery and light, but smooth

D: it'll do ina pinch, but just slighty better than your average macro. It's dark and unoffensive--might be good training beer for the masses.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2007 16:54:14 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark burnt umber tone with a deeper crimson highlight in the light. Two fingers of puffy foam that settles down to a few centimeters, with some sheets of lacing. Aroma is malty, grainy and a little too vegetal.

First sip carries a mild astringency, grainy, with a minor roast note and low level sweetness in the aftertaste. Fairly clean but bland. Mouthfeel has adequate carbonation, but it's a bit watery. Papery, dry aftertaste. Something about this beer makes you want to just throw it back without pondering it at all. Not good. It's easy enough to drink, but i'm glad I didn't buy the sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 02:28:07 | More by emerge077
Photo of HugoGrim
HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black body with light shining through around the edges. Head gone almost immediately leaving only a sparse film and bubble ring.

Aroma is rich and holds a slight element of dark fruit.

Flavor is toasty, roasted, and bitter. Dry finish with hints of sweeter fruits hidden in the background.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 00:59:47 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of armock
armock

New York

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Sweet malt with chocolate and coffee hints

T - Malt and hints of coffee

M - A lot of carbonation but still smooth and creamy

D - Easy to drink could have a few of these in one sitting

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 19:30:06 | More by armock
Photo of dren
dren

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a fairly nice sized head with large bubbles.

Smells sort of sweet, hints of bitter chocolate, coffee and hops.

Tastes of sweet dark malts up front with a slightly dry bitter finish. The carbonation hides the thin middle that many darks have. I'm guessing lactose was added to this brew, it adds a sweeter, smoother taste/feel.

This is a light to medium bodied beer. The carbonation helps thicken the beer although I don't really care for it. It's too sharp on the tongue.

Overall this brew isn't bad, but it isn't good. If you had this on tap along with your typical macros, I would go for it. But if you are in a shop looking for a 6 pack, there are many better beers. Though this brewery is usually priced about right.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 23:13:05 | More by dren
Photo of Strix
Strix

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorites from Leine's. Smells nice and dark, with some roasty malts. Nice dark flavors, with roasted malts and carmels and woody/barky type flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy, but finishes a bit lacking. All in all, pretty drinkable, though not as complex as I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 07:04:25 | More by Strix
Photo of Homerbag
Homerbag

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick dark beer. Has a thin cream head that compliments the darkness of the lager. Great sweet, malty flavors with an aftertaste that lingers with hints of caramel and coffee. This is a great cold weather beer that can act as meal in itself. I can't pick a favorite lieny beer, but some days this is it.

edit: after tasting many more beers, this is good, but not as great as I thought it was.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 06:57:01 | More by Homerbag
Photo of MTNboy
MTNboy

Germany

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- A nice off white head forms right after it is poured but the head is a little to high but that tall head that disappears quickly. A dark body is under that head.

Smell- Mild but roasty.

Taste- Roast like but fruity and a little smoky but all flavors are a little mild.

Mouthfeel- A lot of carbonation but not harsh.

Drinkability- A nice mild beer for a dark beer would go great with a meaty dish.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 00:07:54 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Vancer
Vancer

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, Joe sixpack could go for this one, a nice cross-over type brew. Nothing to offend anyone, but nothing to exciting about it either.

Pours nice – dark cola brown with a creamy (har!) tan head. Lacey rings in my lil’ sampler glass.

Subtle, weakish notes of a nutty malt. Taste is along the lines of a fizzy root beer, but with enough hops to balance it out and add a bit of a bite at the finish. A dark beer that’s not <too heavy>, and light enough with the alcohol to push it to session status.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 12:51:46 | More by Vancer
Photo of kimcgolf
kimcgolf

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, but by no means a great dark beer. Poured to a dark brown with medium tan head that lingers awhile with okay lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of malty chocolate with a hint of caramel. Flavor is more of this, though subdued, in part due to the thin body of this beer.

Finish is okay, but not what you would hope for with a dark lager. If I’m going to drink much dark beer, I think I’ll go all the way to a Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 13:41:45 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of xav33
xav33

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugels Creamy Dark
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, absorbed 05/07

Poured a clear dark brown with a large somewhat diminishing light brown fizzy head.

Smelt of moderate toasted grain and light molasses.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter and sweet molasses and toasted grain followed by a moderate bitter earthy and dirty water bitterness on an average length finish.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is a nice no brainer of a beer. Some strongish flavors, but not the most enjoyable to just sip on. A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 04:56:09 | More by xav33
Photo of zebulon
zebulon

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, mahogony, off white creamy head, started at an inch but dropped fast, lasted awhile as a layer on the liquid, no lacing.

Had a smell that I associate with macros. You either like it or don't. But it was definitely there.

Taste basicly bland, some roasted malt, chocolate in the background. Dry which was good, but no definable hop taste.

Good on the tongue light carbonization. Actually very drinkable. Could drink this all day. Unusual for a dark beer.

I guess it is a lager afterall that says all.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 11:28:25 | More by zebulon
Photo of dmamiano
dmamiano

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best of the four I tried in the "adventure" collection.
The beer is nicely carbonated and pours a dark, brown with good head but minimal lacing.
Slight malt aroma, with notes of dried plum and raisin.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a nice flaovor of roasted malts and slight nutty finish.
Well balanced by hops .
A pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 16:18:47 | More by dmamiano
Photo of TheBierBand
TheBierBand

Ohio

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

This is my 50th Beer Review! A nice landmark.... but just scratching the surface... I'm looking forward to next 50!

I purchased a sixer of Leinenkugel Creamy Dark because I am more into the darker, more robust beers out there. It is just a Dark Lager... not a stout or a porter... so don't expect to get youe socks blown off.... That being said:

I poured it from the brown - longneck bottle into a pint glass. Nice and dark brown appearance with a 3/4" light tan - off-white head. The head settled down to a nice cap that lasted to the bottom of the glass leaving minimal lacing behind.

The smell was intriguing. Noted of malt, caramel and slight coffee.

The taste was a bit thinner that I would have preferred.... but again this is just a dark lager.... so within style. Well balanced, nothing really stands out. The faint malt is there along with a faint coffee/toffee. very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin but OK for a lager... Carbonation medium

Drinkability - This would be a good beer to have when you anticipate on having a lot... it won't fill you up.... it tastes OK... on the lighter (taste-wise) side... but if that's your thing.... go for it....

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 18:15:21 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of rowew
rowew

Colorado

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Same design as the other Leines bottles. Meaningless date code inkjetted on the neck. I'm not sure what to expect from a creamy dark lager.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges. Nice big head, just a bit off white. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt seems to dominate, some toffee and just a hint of butterscotch.

Taste: Far less flavor than I was expecting after the aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Just a bit of toffee and roasted malt, but very subdued. Still nice though - very drinkable.

Overall impression: This beer is not the best of its style out there - but for the price its quite a good offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 23:37:09 | More by rowew
Photo of happygnome
happygnome

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a really dark nice attractive color with about a quarter inch worth of tan head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing...very attractive beer
s: roasted malts almost a coffee aroma, hints of sweetness
t: very good, creamy bittery, sweet
m: kind of a medium to full bodied beer really nice

overall this is a very good brew, i enjoyed it a lot but can not see myself drinking it on a daily basis

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 01:55:01 | More by happygnome
Photo of shadow1961
shadow1961

Minnesota

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

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark Lager pours out a fluffy tan head
over a coffee colored brew. There's not too much carbonation,
and the nose is malt with a sour hint of yeast. The flavor is malt
up front with a grassy hop finish. The head collapses fairly quickly,
and these is nice lacing as the glass empties. The mouthfeel is crisp,
and the aftertaste is a bit of that hop. There's nothing here that really
stands out, but on the other hand it's balanced and well made. I would
not have any trouble ordering this if it was on tap. Unless they had some
of that Sunset Wheat there...

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 09:32:46 | More by shadow1961
Photo of Beerman420
Beerman420

California

4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very good beer overall.

A - Very attractive. Dark, rich, A+
S - Creamy smell. Rich, almost coffee like. A-
T - Very exceptional. Stands out from many other dark beers. A+
M - Good feel, not a cement feeling from some other dark beers. A-
D - Not very good with the "long haul", but sometimes that's a good thing. C+

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 09:21:14 | More by Beerman420
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, foamy one-finger head. Small amounts of lace.

S - It smelled very nutty and malty.

T - It tasted of roasted malts, almost porter-like. It also had a sweet quality.

M - It had a soft and clean mouthfeel. A -medium-bodied beer.

D - Up there with BigButt Dopplebock as the best products from Lenie. It really impressed me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 01:21:52 | More by zeff80
Photo of Newglarusguy
Newglarusguy

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark lager, smooth, malty, one that I would keep in the fridge year-round. I had this on tap at the brewery, in July, so I know this will go nicely summer or winter, not something I would say about Guinness or other stouts. A classic dark beer like Beck's, Lowenbrau, etc, but I would lean toward Leinie's for my choice. This is one of their year-round labels, so give it a try and see when you like it best.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 22:56:13 | More by Newglarusguy
Photo of Sconnie
Sconnie

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with a small amout of white head. Smell was almost like a porter, but not quite a sweet. Taste was of roasted malts with a nice smooth finish. A solid beer, something for when you're looking for a dark beer that's a little different.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2007 21:12:14 | More by Sconnie
Photo of gmfessen
gmfessen

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a beautiful ruby-brown color with an off-white, thick, bubbly head. Smell is not overwhelming, but is of dark roasted malt and slightly of hops. The taste is similar to the nose, with the toasted malts coming out very nicely. Balanced very well and has a smooth finish. Beer is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, one of my favorites by Leine's.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 05:36:42 | More by gmfessen
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.