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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: 791
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 30 | 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 jimbotrost


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

They serve this beer on tap on the SS badger, a ferry that riuns from Michigan to Wisconsin. Poured a dark brown with smallish brown head and low carbonation, could have been the plastic cup. Nose hints of malty sweetness which will turn out to be a tease. Malt sweetness in the flavor, smooth and light in body but then a big malt taste appears for a short time before the slightly malty aftertaste comes in.

07-20-2005 00:03:18 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a very dark brown color from the tap, with an average sized foamy head that I had figured would be a little darker. The scents are of coffee and sweet malts. The flavor is respectable, strong coffee flavors with accents of bittersweet chocolate, and probably more coffee. I notice the mouthfeel to be a little slim at first, but as I get half way through the beer, I begin to change my mind. It could be the dark color that made me expect this one to go down like tar. Maybe a medium-bodied beer here. I really wouldnt want it much heavier. The drinkability is good as well, it would take quite a few of these before I got tired of them. Worth a try! Cheers!

07-16-2005 18:05:08 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of palliko


2.68/5  rDev -19.5%

The name is a bit baffling – not a stout, not a porter, just dark and creamy beer. Appearance is dark amber with a touch of copper, a beige head that sticks around and leaves some lace. Aroma is, as advertised, creamy, with a hint of malt. Initial taste promises to be full and good, but quickly reneges on its promise and goes nowhere. Malt, caramel, and water. Light body, weak carbonation, finishing with a whimper. Pass.

07-12-2005 15:35:37 | More by palliko
Photo of thinkbreakfast

New York

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

The Goose has landed in Brooklyn. But that isn't relevant here. This beer was given to me by the respected Beer Advocate known as The Elk, hailing from Indiana.

The appearance is solid, dark brown with a disappointing head. Both the smell and the taste can be summed up by one word with one capital letter: Coffee. The taste has the dark chocolate overtones of strong coffee. This is followed by a brief blast of coffee bitterness. Finish is clean. Not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about.

06-21-2005 00:58:37 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of OatherS


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Green label with gold edge. Nightime scene with a dock and a lake.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with tiny head that quickly fades. Does not look especially "creamy".

Smell: Very little to no odor, maybe some chocolate, but that may be my imagination.

Taste: Surprised that it does not taste bad at all. Not creamy and not especially dark for a BA, but perhaps for a macro drinker this would be both. Chocolate, coffee flavors, not bad.

Mouthfeel: Liquidy.

Drinkability: Not a bad session beer, especially for the price.

06-09-2005 00:12:36 | More by OatherS
Photo of brewQ


3.13/5  rDev -6%

A lovely caramel brown pour with a resilent, okay creamy, tan head.

Aroma is negligible- in style I guess. Some feint malty sweetness

The taste is just alright - balanced, solid...
likely good with spiced food. Patent malt is a little cloying.

A pleasant mouthfeel disappears in carbonation.

Definitely drinkable. An adequate flanker for the Miller machine.

05-13-2005 01:57:47 | More by brewQ
Photo of guinness9880


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%

Appearance-pours just like a coca cola, plenty of fizziness and carbonation with virtually no lacing or head.

Smell-smells of burn coffee and thinness, not much to the nose other than burntness.

Taste-Other reviews have been dead on, this one has a mild coffee tast that quickly melts into a fizzy soda with absolutely no aftertaste, in fact the all flavor evaporates from the moment the beer touches the palate.

Drinkability-This beer has a high drinkability given that the taste vanishes quickly with no taste, if there was a budweiser stout this would be it....yuck

05-05-2005 02:12:25 | More by guinness9880
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. $5.99 for a 6-pack at the local Tops supermarket. This does indeed appear quite dark, and is slightly opaque with a 1/2"-1" thin head that fades after a while, leaving some lacing on the glass. Smell and taste are not very distinctive... nose consists of some malt, some alcohol and a slight yeast odor, maybe a little citrus. The taste is slightly smoky with a little bit of hops- again, nothing too distinctive. Mouthfeel is not creamy at all, rather watery and thin with light to moderate carbonation. The most distinctive aspect of this brew is, of all things, the grapefruit aftertaste which I find odd and not all that pleasant. It was good to try, but I won't be buying this again.

03-25-2005 05:30:49 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Another great beer that sold out the SAB monster. This is a nice diversion beer when you are out at a restaurant in some wisconsin areas. This is a very dark brown leather with a nice malty body to it and a caramel finish. As far as the current Leinenkugel lineup goes, this is probably my favorite. If looking for something other than the utterly gross berry weiss and honey weiss from Leinies, go for this one.

03-24-2005 00:06:00 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

12 ouncer sampled. w/o any freshness indication on the label/bottle. Pours dark maple syrup in color, off white head, disolving to a tiny bubble film. This left behind some middle of the road lacing. Ho hum so far. The nose highlighted some maple syrup and molasas. Flavor notes included some caramel and lighly roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel, but a bit thin and watery. This is a decent, lower cost brew. Basically malty, w/o much of a hop presence. Dark beer with training wheels.

03-15-2005 02:53:52 | More by Billolick
Photo of malty


3.05/5  rDev -8.4%

Served from a 12 oz. longneck - no freshness date.

The appearance on this beer is pretty nice. Cola colored with a heathy, fluffy light beige head.

Scent is mildly roasted malts with a herbal-thing going on.

Taste is mild, but a nice roasted cereal grain flavor and a faintly dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light with a tad too much carbonation for it to feel 'creamy'.

Drinkability is average as I wouldn't drink another if a better choice were available.

Overall a good beer if your'e in the mood for something above a Heineken. You don't have to put too much thought into this beer, which is why I buy it on occasion. It actually makes a good summer alternative.

03-10-2005 23:10:33 | More by malty
Photo of karengarys


2.23/5  rDev -33%

Got this on tap at a place that had the entire leines line, but nothing else. I knew better, but tried it anyway.

It arrived in a glass, and it looked like a coke with a ring of froth. I guess the ring made it beer-like, so it wasn't all that bad looking. It did look inviting enough to try.

There wasn't much smell about it, not real interesting.

Taste was like beer. Kinda like a mass produced beer with dark flavor and color added. Whoopee. At least you could drink it without wretching with disgust, so I guess it was drinkable.

Mouthfeel was pretty bad. Like pop, but thinner, with less sparkley enjoyment and a layer of that dark beer flavor. If you want mouthfeel, get the cola, it is better.

Drinkable? I guess. I wouldn't get another. Next time I'll just stick to soda.

03-08-2005 01:59:26 | More by karengarys
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry, roasted scent with lots of caramel malts and a lager yeast aroma. The taste average. It has a very bland and dry flavor that goes down slow and finishes weak and watery. It has some caramel malt sweetness, but it is roasted and dry with a musty/bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average dark lager. It has decent aroma, but average flavor. It's one and done for me.

03-07-2005 00:13:58 | More by WesWes
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -14.4%

Served at just below fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours slightly watery with a chestnut brown color. Head is sparse and quickly dissapates. Nothing special.

Smell: Medium roasted malts with a slightly off-metallic aroma. Not much in the way of hops. Slight roasted dark chocolate undertones. Nothing special.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: For a beer of this dark color, the malts are very unpronounced. Weak and watery mouthfeel - carbonation is slightly sharp and not very well rounded. Alcohol is present in the middle, and the aftertaste is a soft smokey but quickly vanishing malt. Hops are no where to be found. Strangely enough, the lack of complexity also adds to the otherwise subpar drinkability. Nothing special.

At $6.99 a six-pack, I could definitely find a better beer on which to spend my money.

03-06-2005 20:47:56 | More by EPseja
Photo of ski271


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%

I always can turn to Leinie to give me a brew that’s an affordable and interesting break from the norm.
This beer is a very dark brownish red, with a medium-sized, off-white, creamy head that quickly diminished to a 2mm-thick film that stuck around until almost the end. Some specks of lacing, but not much. The aroma is mild, roasted malt and corn with hints of grass and resin. Taste was a little more interesting, a little grainy, still malty, and maybe a little nutty. Nothing special, but not bad. The finish was odd. A little sweet, lightly bitter and possibly a hint of cherry (or maybe that’s just in my head). It has a watery mouthfeel, but there’s kind of a chalkiness toward the end, that’s the odd part. Otherwise, it was fairly drinkable. Not my favorite Leinie by any means, and I doubt I’ll buy it again, but it’s not bad, just average.

02-16-2005 19:18:39 | More by ski271
Photo of Mitchster


1.58/5  rDev -52.6%

Ah, so this is the "Creamy Dark Lager". Nice name.

Brewed with Caramel, Munich, Carapils, Chocolate, and three (yes, 3!) pale malts. Hopped with Cascade, Cluster, and Mt.Hood

4.94% ABV, 170 Calories per bottle.

Pours out to a Clear, deep mahogany, forming a modest light yellow, off-beige head of microbubbles with decent retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is laced with that "domestic macrobrew" twang, but this time in a "Creamy Dark Lager"! Indeed, I do not see corn listed as an ingredient, but I sure smell it. Poopy macro yeast aroma with caramelized sugar added to provide some semblance of "dark" aroma. I swear to god, when I swirl it, I get onions and rotting lettuce. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy with a light body. Taste begins with a little bit of nothing...medicinal caramelized sugar, wood, macro-yeast blargh, and some nice fusels that give me a headache almost instantly. Bitterness tastes like the way your clothes smell after going to a smokey bar. That's enough. I can't take any more. Down the sink it goes. A belch tastes like Nag Champa.

"Highest Quality", "Hand-crafted in small batches". Poop on you Mr.Leiny, your beer sucks.

02-02-2005 03:01:28 | More by Mitchster


3.1/5  rDev -6.9%

This poured a somewhat dark brown with not much head to mention. The bottle boasts that it's brewed by 73 people who care. Care to tell me what is so special about this?
This smells slightly breadier than the original lager, but not all in all different, with a not-so-husky or corny of a macro lager smell.
This gives a doughy and somewhat caramel flavor. The caramel note builds up more as the glass empties, but never creates a real solid footing. Aside from the caramel, this seems to become increasingly bland with each subsequent swallow. In the beginning I was getting a decent feel of some bitter-ish hops like Mt. Hoods or something. Now, i'm left with nothing but the odd sense that I may have eaten a 100 Grand bar, an hour ago or more.
The mouthfeel is a bit creamy as the name implies. Not quite gritty or chewy. Not close, really. But a bit dirty I guess I'd say. A bit fizzed as well. Overall I'd say the mouthfeel is the best part about this beer but nothing to get excited about.
Drinkable, sure. I've drank these in succession when facing mediocre options. Any Madison BA who's found themselves at State St. Brats knows this predicament.
Drinkable, yes, but not beckoning.

01-31-2005 16:44:58 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -6%

This is the last beer that I had out of the Leinie Lodge sampler pack, and it certainly was the best one. Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark may not be that creamy and is a bit more watery than your average dark lager, but it is still a passable (and drinkable) attempt at a dark brew.

This beer pours a dark brown color with two fingers of tan foam that lasts for over a minute. The aroma had some decent roasted malt notes, with some chocolate and caramel detectable. As mentioned, the mouthfeel was a bit watery and was moderately carbonated. The brew had a decent all around roasted malt flavor to it. Chocolate and coffee were picked up by the taste buds, as was some light fruitiness. A low-moderate amount of roasted dryness shows up in the finish, and the aftertaste just consists of some lingering roasted grains. No alcoholic warmth to close this one out.

This is the best Leinenkugel that I've had so far (the others being the Amber Light, the Red, and the Honey Weiss). I wouldn't actively attempt to try this beer again but I would not turn it down if offered. Decent dark lager all in all.

01-13-2005 08:46:42 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of proc


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

This one surprised me a bit and I mean that in a good way. Pours out to a near-black in the glass with a decent-sized head. Aroma is light and of malt and cocoa. The taste is that of a light, roasted malt combined with a hint of chocolate but comes off a bit on the thin side. Slightly watery to average moutfhfeel, but highly drinkable.

01-10-2005 01:00:59 | More by proc
Photo of alexgash


2.95/5  rDev -11.4%

Dark mahogany body with a “creamy,” light-tan head.
Smells of mildly sweet cornflakes, with a slight soapy-toastiness.
Taste features dry, lightly roasted malt, tobacco, and wet cardboard. Mildly sweet, with a body that’s on the thin side. Not bad; brings back memories of college.

10-27-2004 18:15:19 | More by alexgash
Photo of hero27


3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

Appearance: Medium brown in color with a nice, tan head. The head stayed around much longer than I expected from a Leine's and left a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel and barley malts. Pick up a hint of toffee and roasted nuts.

Taste: The chocolate, caramel, and dark malts lend a flavorful, yet somewhat subtle flavor to this beer. I'm a sucker for a well-balanced dark lager, and this one doesn't dissapoint.

Mouthfeel: Creamy & smooth. Could have been more thick for a dark lager but it is good nonetheless..

Drinkability: For a "dark" beer, it really is smooth. My favorite Leinenkugel's brew so far. If you're looking for an American dark lager, give it a try.

10-05-2004 06:29:24 | More by hero27
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.22/5  rDev +26.7%

This is a very dark lager, almost black, that reminds me a lot of a cream stout, but it is a lager and the flavor does not match the appearance or mouthfeel. That said, it is not bad tasting at all, just not as flavorful as it looks. It has hints of dark chocolate and plenty of dark malt flavors, but they are not very strong at all and make this beer a decent hot summer day brew, if you want a beer with a little character rather than a ice cold macro-swill. I have never been a Leinenkugel fan, but now I think I might change my stance on my evil neighbor state's flagship brewery.

09-20-2004 19:37:08 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of PorterLambic


2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Poured out a dark brown with a big cream-colored head that disappeared fast leaving a ring with no lace at all.
Smell was weak but had some roasted malt, chocolate and a late hint of coffee.
Taste was watery throughout with some malt, and chocolate, a little coffee later then a quick metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfell was thin even for a lager with very little carbonation at all. It goes down easy enough but you'll forget you drank it 5 seconds later, it just doesn't leave anything to remember. It ain't creamy either, although it is dark and it is a lager. In this case, 2 out of 3 is bad. Unless your almost broke, why drink this?

08-11-2004 01:37:18 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

I am not a dark or porter type person but this beer was wonderful!

Appearance is a dark porter color, damn near black

Pours with a rich, thick, two or three finger head that did not dissipate very fast, actually hanging around for a while.

Aroma was of woody earthy, moss or rotten wood. A little bit of chocolate with coffee. The most notable aroma was that of fresh cream or unsalted sweet cream butter.

Taste was very full, similar to the aroma but with a very malty roll. To me, it was very typical of a porter type beer. Strong chocolate and caramel notes with a hint of coffee and cream.

Mouth feel was exceptional, with a naturally carbonated soft bubble feel on the tongue. Fills your mouth with a blast of smooth, creamy goodness. Outstanding!

If you drink more than two of these, be prepared to be bloated. A very heavy beer on the stomach, but worth the after affect.

If you like a thick, creamy, dark beer this is one for you. Not to strong on the hop flavor department but the mouth feel is exceptional.

04-29-2004 18:05:40 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of jlh8643


3.98/5  rDev +19.5%

No date on the bottle that I could find. Pours a dark clear mahogany with ruby accents leaving a decent head that disappates fast. Has a great chocolate malty aroma. The dark roasted malts are very well balanced by just enough bitterness but the maltyness continues to the end. Good session beer that is extremely drinkable and a real good buy at $4.69 a six pack.

03-05-2004 01:59:07 | More by jlh8643
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