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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: 827
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of hylton44
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head kind of non-viscous, belieing thinness of this beer, despite its dark color. Nose of caramel and roasted malts. Tastes very middle of the road. Seems like some sort of a "lager-ified" bock, with some of the superficial notes of a decent bock, but lacking the complexity and heartiness. Just not that exciting. Also, a little watery; again, not really in character with that deep, dark burnt orange color.

hylton44, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark pours a clear, deep-mahogany body with ruby-accented chestnut highlights near the base of the glass. The head is creamy, bone-white, holds well, and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. There's some dry roastiness in the nose, similar to dark-kilned chocolate malt, and a bit of dark caramel. It's medium bodied in the mouth with a gentle zest. The flavor is full, expressing dark caramel, almost burnt sugar, a touch of nuttiness, and some mild roastiness that lingers into the finish along with more scorched sugar. The bitterness is solid and it finishes dry. A flash of hops appears in the end as well. Very nice, almost smoky roastiness. Well-balanced. Clean. Very nice!

NeroFiddled, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of uwpman
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. Longneck

Poured this brew into my favorite pilsner glass and admired the eye candy for a minute. Color was deep amber, nearly red color. Carbonation was good which helped fuel the two finger sticky tan head. The head stuck around for a while with good lacing to the bitter end. Looks absolutely delicious.

Initial wafting yielded a smell of burnt malt and a hint of chocolate. There was a slight pungent odor that snuck into the second sniff. Having said this, it was not to the detriment of the beer.

After admiring the eye candy it was time to drink. Slightly bitter, but not too extreme. I detected some of that chocolate that I smelled earlier and that burnt malt smell lent itself well to the beer.

This beer feels good in the ol’ pie hole. It’s thick enough to let me know it’s there, but not so thick that it fills me up before my meal can. Smooth going down, begging to be chased by another mouthful.

I paired this beer with Chinese as that was what I made for lunch. I was hoping to offset the sweetness of the food with the beer and accomplished the task marvelously. The only problem; I had more food than beer. I’ve been known to sit down and have a few of these for conversation or relaxation. Overall I recommend this beer to anyone looking for a “darker” change of pace.

uwpman, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of xtremejammn
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent Euro Dark Lager, and I was a bit suprised.

A: Pours a dark brown-ish black with a gradually fading tan light brown head.

S: Smells of burnt malts. Pretty good.

T: Tastes strongly of burnt malts and a bit chocolatey. Decent.

M: Bubbly, but not too bubbly.

D: For a Euro Dark it's pretty decent going down.

Bottom Line: Pretty good beer, i've been waiting to try it for a while, and I'd reccomend it to and Euro Dark Lager fan.

xtremejammn, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of nicksta
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a nice thick black liquid. The tan frothy head that sits atop it is very thick and it dies with moderate speed.

S: The only smell I can pick up is some faint springy chocolate and some burnt malts.

T: The taste is good. The beer starts out really smooth. It then moves into some chocolate malts before a nice big (but still kept in check) burst of burnt hops on the tip of the tounge. It accomplishes being good when other beers of this style can't. Why? The reason is this beer doesn't go overboard on one particular taste of the beer. It finds a nice balance instead of being really burnt or spongey like other brews like it.

M: The beer is a little thin for a brew I originally thought was so thick.

D: This beer is fairly drinkability for such a dark one.

nicksta, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best beers in the leinenkugel's mix pack case. It was pretty good and chocolate malts are nice in this beer. Mouthfeel is a little thn, but it's easy to drink. They must pasteurize their beers. If they didn't then they would be a lot better. The malts ctaste good and there is a good hop balance, but the pasteurization makes everything a little thin.

jasonjlewis, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an ebony color with a ligh tan head, which lasts a few minutes before leaving a light lacing behind. The aroma is a subdued almost lactic, beering smell. Could pick up perhaps a faint of dark malts. Like most Leinniies, the taste is a bit weak and watery. The dark malts leave a sublte licorice taste in the middle. The finish is dry, a bit lactic, but over-all clean.

This is classified as a Euro-dark lager, which it doesn't fit. This needs a lot more body and dextrins to fit that bill. Otherwise, this is a very nice session beer. Very clean, and quite refreshing for an otherwise average, forgettable beer.

jpkoch1962, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours into a pint glass a sharp looking beer. Clear mahogany with ruby highlights, and a respectable two finger beige head. Lots of patchy lacing.

Subtle aroma features softly roasted malt notes of mild chocolate and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is light medium with a solid carbonation. Smooth on the palate, but you have to use your imagination to call it creamy.

Taste is pretty good for a dark lager. Restrained malt presence serves up soft notes of chocolate and burnt caramel that meld with some spicy and earthy hops. Lager yeast and malt let you know what you have here.

Pretty good for style. I keep this on hand for guests who like dark lagers. It's also my favorite beer to steam brats in. Nicely drinkable.

merlin48, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of beerphan
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
code: 08146/B20818

Pours a dark brown with crimson highlights in the light. A medium thick head leaves sticky sporadic spiderweb lace. Carbonation appears full.

Nose: Roasted malts with some adjunct metallic smell lingering.

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, and light touches of chocolate and coffee. Overall light flavors, with a roasted dry aftertaste.

Mouth: Crisp full mouth which has pretty good feel initially but ends on the watery side.

Not a bad overall beer, but a little to crisp, and i just can't seem to get that metallic smell out of my head.

beerphan, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of uwmgdman
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a 23oz tall glass. The color is very deep ruby, near black with good clarity. There was a nice thick white head a top the beer that slowly reduced to a thin covering with good lacing evident. The aroma wasn’t much of anything, a weak sense of malt, no detectable hop aroma. The beer has a surprisingly thin mouthfeel for its color. The taste is a slight maltiness with low hop bitterness, no detectable hop flavor or aroma. Overall the beer is very drinkable and quite smooth, but doesn’t offer anything special flavor-wise, either malt or hop. It had been quite a few years since I had one of these beers and while it wasn’t bad, I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to return soon.

uwmgdman, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4




PURCHASED @: sullivans

COST: $7/6pack

HEAD: tall dissapating to minimal

LACE: some

TRANSMITTED- deep amber


PALATE: adjusts after a while

COMMENTS: I was expecting a stout, but this is an American Dark Lager. Excellent as a lager, I would say.


TechMyst, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger creamy off-white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a roasted grain aroma with mild hints of adjunct grain. There was a subtle coffe aroma and a mild flowery hop.

The taste was light and refreshing. A mild roasted grain and coffee element dominated. Some residual sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was creamy yet light.

Overall a nice macro dark lager. A unique creamy characteristic. Not bad at all.

plaid75, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've never tried a "euro dark lager" before, so I decided to pick up a sixer at WalMart for something like five bucks!

This is exactly what it says. Creamy and dark. I poured this one aggressively into an imperial pint glass, and got a beautiful black brew with a three and a half finger head that went away quickly. I stuck my schnoz into the foam and it smells malty and bready...maybe pumpernickel? But wait, there is a bit of old-beer stank going on here too, and that is a little bit distracting. It really doesn't smell promising.

This tastes almost like a stout, but a little less bitter and alot more sweet. My jaw is on the floor! I can't believe how good this is for a cheapo beer that I got at a damn grocery store! It's very tasty (tastes much better than it smells), and has very little to distract from the sweet creamy malt. I like how rich and chocolatey this is, and I think that this would make for a very nice desert beer. This has me chanting in my head session, session, session.

This has a nice two step taste. First, creamy sweetness is all that I taste...then, a little bit of malt and powdered sugar fade away to a very very sweet and only very slightly dry finish. Excellent.

I am astounded at how awesome this is! It's not a very complex or interesting beer, but damn if it isn't just plain ole' good. For the money, this one is a killer! I have a crazy work schedule and it's hard for me to get to the "good beer" store when it's open but WalMart is open 24 hours a day! This could likely become a staple in my beer diet.

Ok, it's a few days and several more of these bad boys later, and I know it's proabably bad form to edit my review, but I just had to bump up the drinkability score to a five. Seriously, this isn't the kind of beer that grabs you by the balls and begs for attention, but I'll be damned if they aren't just plain old good! And they are dirt cheap! (that probably shouldn't be a criteria for drinkability, but when they are less than a buck a peice at the grocery store it's kind of hard not to drink them).

pmcadamis, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle given to me by a friend after we helped him and his wife move. Pours dark crimson with a big cream colored head. lagery odor, some chocolate tones. Flavor is sweet and mildly of roasted chocolate but a bit thin and watery too. Not bad, pretty good for a lager. You can buy this all over south bend but i think there's a lot that's better so i dont.

aforbes10, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Creamy is dark is a dark brown color with a creamy head. Head is below average in height and is a light brown color. Retention is weak. Aroma is of dark roasted malt with notes of coffee. Taste is of lightly roasted and dark bready malts. Again, notes of coffee. Overall sweetness is mild to moderate. Finish is a bit thin. Overall: very enjoyable flavor, if it weren't for a slight thinness I'd probably have given it a 4 for taste.

Gagnonsux, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of znarf
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark with a light frothy head and has hints of chocolate and malts. Even though it has the color of a porter or stout, the flavor is not as heavy as these brews. This is a good starter for people who are, “afraid of the dark.” After a taste, they may get over their phobia. You have to love Leinenkugel's ads, homey and sweet like many of their brews. As with most of their beer this has a lager finish. Try it and spring it on your friends as a treat.

znarf, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruddy red with a 1.5" sand colored head. Good head retention & no lacing

Smell: slight molasess notes

Taste: Slighlty grainy up front & accompanied by chocalate notes. Finishes fruitty

MF: good balance, although slighlty undercabonated, Never got to the creamyness

Drinks pretty good. A good entry level dunkles for the unintiated

russpowell, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of witflee
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's hard to believe that a few years ago i took this beer at face value and enjoyed it immensely, thinking that it was everything that its label purported it to be. Ahh, the good old days when ignorance was bliss… I have always liked porters and stouts—though i enjoyed them infrequently—and had been a Leinie's fan for some time. So when i discovered their dark offering, i had a new favorite (albeit a cheap favorite, as i limited myself during those lean years to six-packs costing under five bucks). I drank this lager exclusively one cold winter a few years back, and had not experienced it again, …until now.

Reunited with my old love, i had impossible expectations of it, fantasies that it was still perfect and satisfying, and was everything it claimed to be. Pop the top, pour, but behold! Who is this thin and watery pretender? On visual inspection this brew seems neither creamy nor dark, though it has a bronzed look, its not dark the way i have been accustomed to think of dark (too many Irish stouts have prejudiced me). Sip it, not bad, but watery on the palate and by no means creamy. (You want to know creamy? Drink a Mackeson's Milk Stout.) This brew has a light chocolatey roasted flavor, but it's minimal, and the body is just too light and effervescent to satisfy.

I have to remember that it's a lager, and it told me so on the label, and though this past love failed to spark my endorphins with its claims of dark creaminess, i cannot fault it and accuse it of not being forthcoming. When i drink dark and creamy, i want something that will stain my teeth and give me something substantial to expectorate later. (On the positive side, it was still nice to see my old love, as I have always thought that its dark bottle looked fetching wrapped in that green and gold label.) Leinie's, there was a time for you, but we've grown apart, and I'm a different person now. We can still be friends…

witflee, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably an attempt at a German Dunkel, because an attempt at any other dark beer would be a failure. Even compared to the good Dunkel's, this beer is more grainy than malty, a bit chalky, and almost cola-like. The carbonaiton is a bit harsh and the body thins quickly. There is a bittering that comes partly from hops, and partly from grain hulls. The body is less creamy than the lable suggests. Overall, it's just a bit weak on the malts and it hurts the beer from start to finish.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on tap with beer gas and CO2, this is for CO2.

Nice creamy head for a CO2 dark beer. Good burnt malt aroma. Good consistency with the thicker than average body you would expect from a dark beer. Taste has a malty sweetness with a coffee finish. A good example of the style and a very nice beer from a macro/micro brewery.

CH3CH2OH, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of BitteBier
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and dark with deep red tinges and a finger's worth of uniform, bubbly head that dissipates quickly but clings a bit. Nose seemed more grainy than "dark," without the even minimal hint of roasted flavors that show up in the taste. Mostly lightly sweet malt flavors with the afore-mentioned dark note, and even that quickly fades. The mouthfeel is clean but neither creamy or dark in character. Still, this one served its purpose--a refresher on a hot late spring day, and the best choice on a pretty sparse beer list.

BitteBier, May 29, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark, almost black, very hard to see through, some head, very little lacing (but the cup was plastic... ridiculous)
S- some oat, malt, a bit of coffee
T-good flavor, just a bit weak for my taste, but had a good creamy flavor, with a coffee type finish
M- creamy but moves around in mouth pretty easy, not a real lot of carbonation
D- the creaminess makes it a little hard, but the flavor is light enough to accomodate it

supercolter, May 13, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a restaurant I visited in northern Wisconsin after finding out that the local brew pub was closed on Monday. I had seen bottle packages of Leinies Creamy Dark, but have been reluctant to try, as it seems like a macrobrew in sheep's clothing. There was always something else I'd rather try.

Turns out, I found it to be a nice beer to drink with dinner. It's not a showcase beer, but a good thirst quencher, and a pitcher, split among a couple pals, won't knock you on your can. Quite drinkable.

Low hop character, higher malt character than a typical US lager but not assertive. Clean taste. Smooth.

I wouldn't go out of my way to try this, but when presented with the opportunity, I found it to be a drinkable brew.

pweis909, May 03, 2006
Photo of scaliasux
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown. Almost opaque. Sizable creamy pale brown head with good staying power. Appears quite clear. Appetizing. Like many of Leine's products this beer looks good in the glass.

Smell - Very light sweet malty aroma. Nothing off. Pretty good for style.

Taste - Sweet grain flavor. Not much "dark" flavor despite the beer's coloration. Maybe just a hint of smokey caramel or molasses. Only a little hops, just for balance. Well- balanced and crisp.

Mouthfeel - Good, but not great. Pretty full for style, but annoyingly stinging carbonation. Not off-putting, but detracts a bit from the beer.

Drinkability - This is by far Leine's best product. Good tasting, drinkable and honestly described (unlike Leine's "doppelbock"). Not a great deal of complexity, but a darn tasty lager from a large producer.

scaliasux, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of BigRedN
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass a nice black in color. A 1/2 inch off white head forms, falling to a tight cover on the liquid. Spotty lacing as the beer is consumed. A very nice looking beer.

Smell: Nice roasted, malty aroma. Roasted chocolate, a little nutty, touch of hoppyness to it as well. Hop scents are mostly floral.

Taste: Well balanced beer. Strong malty backing. Roasted malty chocolaty flavors stand out on the outset. Hop bitterneass on the finish. Flavor is good, not over the top which is ok.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body than its color would lead on to believe. Moderate carbonation, a little prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Light and lively this one is an easy drinker. One of those beers that may look imposing due to its dark color, but is anice easy drinking lager. I am pleased with this brew, and it will likely find its way into my fridge again.

BigRedN, Feb 13, 2006
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.