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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: 776
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:
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Photo of Mitchster


1.58/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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?

Serving type: bottle

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


3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucent dark brown with dark amber accents that have a faint reddish cast. A classic dark lager appearance. The head is the color of lightly toasted bread and hangs around for a bit. It eventually falls to a thin, uniform sheet and leaves a few scattered scraps of lace.

The nose is on the underpowered side and is primarily of dark carmel malt. There isn't a great deal of complexity, but it's nice all the same.

The flavor profile is of dark malt with a wee bit of chocolate and leans toward sweet. The mouthfeel thins out in anticipation of the finish and just avoids wateriness by the time it arrives.

Creamy Dark Lager isn't a bad little drinker. In my opinion, it's the best that Leinenkugel's has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 23:15:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appearance: Chestnut brown amber with a nice sized creamy textured darj cream head, leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Slightly toasted malts a grassy note pretty mute on the overall aroma. Taste: Flavor is a decent mix of lager characteristics with dark roasted malts giving it just a nice overall edge not bad. Clean tasting brew. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body lackluster not much to it. Drinkability: Overall decent priced easy drinking mass produced dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 02:21:53 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of babyhobbes


2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, pours brown with a 1 inch cream colored head that lasts for at least a few minutes. This has very little smell at all. This tastes mostly like alcohol. There's no real creamy, caramel, malty taste at all. I wish I knew what they were aiming for here. The taste just isn't much of anything. Creamy isn't really a good adjective for this beer. I mean, yes..it's dark, yes...it's thicker than say your average AB pilsner but creamy?..no. I guess I could drink these but I'd sure rather have something with a little more flavor. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 01:51:14 | More by babyhobbes
Photo of jwilli7122


2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

what kind of a sad name is creamy dark? Beer pours out dark with big fluffy head that settles in a minute or so.

smells like something i've smelled before but don't know the name for. i want to say nutmeg or eggnog or something?

taste is... i don't know, not enough. tastes like a dark beer that is mixed 70/30 with water and then has a bit of half and half poured in, similar to when you make hot chocolate from those powder packets with water, only this one was made with a "dark beer" powder. The taste that is present is decent though. there just isn't much of it. aftertaste of... tap water.

I don't like the mouthfeel. it feels way too light, and a little too creamy at the same time. i don't know. not good.

I won't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 18:50:43 | More by jwilli7122
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

"Creamy Dark", eh? What does that connote exactly, what might you think they're going for, a porter, a scwarzbier, a tasty dunkel, surely not a stout.
Wel, let's check it out and see, eh?
Color, not brown, not black, but certainly darker than pale yellow...it's more of a deep reddish hue, with a creamy, fluffy off-whitish head.
Aroma: not bad at all, soft, creamy, light, but pleasant and not the least bit bad.
Taste: just the smallest bit of character, before thinning out forever, a whisper of darkish malty feel, with no particular flavors or desciptors coming to mind, maybe ...no, not really, but...not that either, really...maple syrup, charcoal, sausages, I don't know now, I'm just grabbing away...Light/medium body, rather blase finish, precious little texture, not a thing that really catches ones attention, ever, just sort of limpid and lame.
Not a terribly beer, really, and I guess I'd opt for it if the pickin's were slim, but nothing I'd ever really want to have, but...that's just me...enjoy, Leinie's Lovers, enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 11:37:25 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of granger10


2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one looked quite nice with a lucious brown color and medium sized creamy head. The "creamy" in the name must have meant for the head because the beer wasn't creamy at all. The body was rather thin and the flavors came in rough and unbalanced. The roasted malt was a little weak because of the weak body. A sourness came at the end that was acidic and not good. This one was slightly below average.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 01:55:52 | More by granger10
Photo of chilidog


3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice easy drink'n dark at a very fair price. It pours a dark ruby color with a nice maintaining tan head that laces and sticks well. The aroma is of toasted grain. The taste is smokey, tosted chocolate malt backed up by a sweet caramel, brown sugar hint. The body is light, thinner than most dark brews. Compaired to some, this would be a bland beer, but its even balanced taste and mouthfeel makes it a very easy drink. A nice crossover beer for the mass pilsner crowd.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 14:17:24 | More by chilidog
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


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

Another trip to the "Leinie's Tackle Box" here. A nice beery malty odor rises when I pop the crown, but a closer whiff gave me a touch of adjunct? Pours nice and ruby dark, with a spongy head that fades quickly, some lacing. Taste is nice and "clean," but a little hop bitterness lingers. Good roast malt, almost a stoutish tone to it. Touch of lager yeast bite in there, too. Certainly a good, drinkable beer. Wonder if the difference between this and say, the Berry Weiss is that this may be made only at the Chippewa Falls plant and not meg-produced to support Miller's big avertising pushes?

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 14:22:29 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of cokes


3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby. It appears black from several feet away. It's not. Big tan foam on top. Nice enough looking, I guess.
Nose is pretty vacant, but hints at brown sugared toast. Very plain grain pops up as well.
Begins with subtle traces of black malt. Lightly chocolatey, hinting at coffee. Twangy, even, with liquorice hints. Decently roasty un front. Seems schwarzbier-esque for a moment.
Don't get used to it.
Turns sweeter with caramel and brown sugar. Sticks here for a while, with grain intrusions.. Nuance is gone. Carbonation and hopping raid the palate of flavor. Hopping is indistinguishable, but perhaps grassy.
Creamy? Not quite. Light-bodied, thin, pretty bland, and boring.
Not terrible as an unthoughtworthy quaffer. But don't get excited.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2003 09:18:28 | More by cokes
Photo of TastyTaste


2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had it on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings, whose only decent beers on tap were of the Leine's ilk. This beer has the least clever name ever. This beer is creamy and dark. I don't even know what style they were going for when they made this, but it is average overall (better than berry and honey weiss, not as good as red or oktoberfest

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2003 17:27:07 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of elmocoso


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

My father-in-laws favorite. Well, atleast i got him off Busch.

Got an average head on pour. Big bubbles, like a quick soda pour. I thought it would soon be gone and it was.

A dark purple-black with ruby highlights when lit. The longer this glass sits, the more this looks like a cola.

Most qualitys of this bev are just a little over average. There is smoky hints in the nose and on the tongue. Not offensive, and its personality warms as does its tempature. mouthfeel suffers loss from slight watteryness.

One of leine's better offerings, and i will continue to drink it as my father-in-law buys it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 18:54:31 | More by elmocoso
Photo of Redrover


3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown long neck with no freshness dating.

Beer pours a dark yet translucent brown. Large initial head that quickly shrinks down to thin topping. Some lacing.

Beer smells of smoked malt and peat. Not overpowering, but very nice.

The beer has a decent taste profile. The malts lend some sweetness, but it is kept in check by the smokey flavor, baked bread, and coffee tastes. Hops are in the background and add a little bite to the beer. Beer has more of an alcohol taste as it warms and that keeps the score from being higher.

Mouthfeel is average while drinkability is decent. This is not a beer I would expect this brewery to make given the rest of their stable. Still it is a decent stab at a style that is often overlooked

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 01:20:20 | More by Redrover
Photo of Ellbert


2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This wasn't that great of a beer. An average apperance that didn't really say much about the beer. it had a small head that discipated. There was a nice malty flavor to the beer but had a bad after taste that turned me off to it. Not a bad beer but I can definitely do without this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2003 04:45:29 | More by Ellbert
Photo of Suds


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

Had this one on tap during a recent business trip. Appearance is dark and solid, with an appreciably thick, lasting head. Aroma is slightly of mixed grains and malt. First taste is slightly sweet, but less than I anticipated. Somewhat watery, but nicely drinkable. Worth having if there's nothing but macros on the menu, but not worth going out of your way to try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2003 01:00:59 | More by Suds
Photo of hotstuff


2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a Dunkel, this beer is lacking in its nose and flavor.It poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was so dark brown that I could not tell if there was any carbonation in this beer.The nose was malty with a light roasted nose.The flavor was too mild for a Dunkel and it was lightly chocolate.The mouthfeel was smooth and thin with a watery texture.There was fair lacing with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 00:37:53 | More by hotstuff
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.