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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: 811
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
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 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
Photo of mooseisloose
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer poured into a 0.4 liter schooner and it resulted in a 1.5 cm tan head that held up for a few minutes then dissapated to 2 mm. The color of the beer is a chocolate brown. The smell is a roasted grain/coffee mocha. Most dark beers are much heavier than this beer and it has a crisp taste for a dark beer. The flavor however is abundant with roasted overtones and a sweet hoppy undertone. This beer has a sparkly mouthfeel and is very light and refreshing. Best to be dranken very cold. The price is right for this beer. It came in a case of 24 with three other leinie flavors for $18. If your looking for a heavy stout this isn't your beer but if your looking for a refreshing crispy beer with dark beer flavor this is your ticket.

mooseisloose, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of AlexisDetroit
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While in Detroit visiting I bought a case of Leinenkugel at a Costco. Their red ale has been a favorite of mine, and sorry to say, it is not available in San Diego. I am currently in Vietnam until Apr 06. There are some brew pubs here now putting out black beer which reminds me of Sam Adam's black lager and Leinenkugel dark.

AlexisDetroit, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of nota
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with brown head that disappear fairly fast, but left evidence of its existence by good amount of lacing. There is some taste to this lager in the form of roasted malt. It has a watery mouthfeel. The finish was clean. I can't say this beer overly excites me but I really can't knock it either. It should be rated "worth a try" rather than "not recommended"

nota, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly, not quite, opaque dark brown with a decent if not long lasting tan head. Some sticky lace in the pint glass and a table of bubbles. Smell is mild roasted malt with corn odors. At least this doesn't have the horse piss smell of many Euro lagers. Mouthfeel is thin...just too thin. Drinkability is fine if you are looking for stamina and not flavor. It isn't terrible, but it isn't 'good' either.

pentathlete, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a nice deep ruby color that looks pretty-much black in the glass, like a stout, but just a bit lighter and clearer. Two fingers of tan head reduced to less than a centemeter in a few minutes with decent lacing.

The smell is all malt and roasty, though overall the smell is not strong.

The taste is roasted malt aswell. The beer hits the tounge with a slight tinge of fleeting bitterness that quickly gives way to the malt taste which continues to intensify as long as it sits on the tounge. The mothfeel has a pleasing consistency, though somewhat flat.

This beer is super-smooth but still has an excellent bold flavor. I think this is a truly unique beer ata great price and a good session beer for the cooler months.

JudgeRoughneck, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't a world class beer, but something about it makes it pretty darn good. Poured out to a darker brown color with a well formed 1/2 inch head, and some notes of lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Smell was rather weak overall, but not absent. Aromas of roasted nuts and wood, with a trace of aged cheese were noted, and overall light. Taste was decent. Flavors of lightly roasted malts, mild grains, and maple wood. Nice. Mouthfeel was appropriate for the style; medium bodied, smooth and creamy. A good level of drinkability; this is a very well made, mass produced beer, at an inexpensive price. Good for the fall months. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of maltydog
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is ruby tinged and has an opaque creamy head. It has a nice roasted malt and chocolate aroma. The flavor is of hazelnut and chocolate with the roasted flavor coming through on the finish. The body of this beer is somewhat thin. All in all, this is a very nice and drinkable dark beer that is a good value for the price - a definite fridge filler and a good gateway brew for our macrobrew loving friends!

maltydog, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah , time to review an old Wisconsin stand by. Leinie’s creamy dark is one of the beers I loved to turn to back in college when I wanted something dark and thick but could only scrape together 4 bucks. Well, lucky for me 4 bucks plus pocket change could always score me a sixer of this puppy.

These days the price is up and so are my tastes and bankroll so I haven’t made it a point to drink this one too often but it’s still decent as a session beer, a starting dark beer, or when you’re stopping at a gasser in BFE Wisconsin and this is the only dark beer they sell. God bless leinie’s for that. Without Jacob L, about 800 gas stations in this state would be limited to serving AB and M. At least with Leinie’s we’ve got access to a decent dark, honey weiss, or red at just about every stop and rob across the state. Onto the review.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Light tan, thin head. A dime sized layer of head lingers.

Smell: Beer and chestnuts. Not much going on.

Taste: Bits of apple, chocolate, and dried apricot. Sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Almost medium bodied. Sweet up front. The slightest bit bitter at the end.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. Not filling in the slightest.

Notes: Try this one with strawberries and chocolate some time. Strawberries really improve this beer, and this beer those strawberries.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown with a modest creamy tan head that disappears rather quickly.

The aroma is mild roasted malt with just a hint of coffee.

Medium body, noticeable malt sweetness, with a hint of coffee, chocolate and maybe a bit of apple taste.

Smooth, with just enough bitterness.

whynot44, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Hmm anyways this is tasty. The aroma that stands out the most here is the coffee smell. A little chocolate too. This pours a nice dark brown syrupy color with a nice tan head. Hold it up to the light and you will see a really nice dark brown amber color. The taste is....son of a bitch i just swallowed it down the wrong pipe. A few minutes later...the taste is nice, very coffeeish, caramelly and dark chocolatey with lots of malt. Creamy too.

The mouthfeel is sorta liquidy though. I could drink a lot of this, it is very innoffensive but in a lot of beers like this the chocolate and coffee flavors are either too weak or too strong. In this case i think the balance is nice. Nothing top notch but a decent brew.

So is this a macro? And if so it is too damn expensive, i mean it is nice but for 6 bucks?

kbnooshay, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of jimbotrost
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jimbotrost, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jasonpeckins32, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of palliko
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

palliko, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

thinkbreakfast, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of OatherS
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OatherS, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

brewQ, May 13, 2005
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.