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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: 846
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 53 | 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 dren
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

dren, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Strix
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Strix, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Homerbag, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

MTNboy, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Vancer, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

kimcgolf, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

xav33, May 18, 2007
Photo of zebulon
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

zebulon, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

dmamiano, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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....

TheBierBand, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

rowew, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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

happygnome, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

shadow1961, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Beerman420
4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
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+

Beerman420, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

zeff80, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Newglarusguy
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Newglarusguy, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Sconnie
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Sconnie, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

gmfessen, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown/black with a bit of red when held up to the light. Decent head that disappears slowly leaving little to no lace behind.

S: Little malty, nothing overpowering.

T: At first the taste seems a little week and watery but it kicks in after the second mouthful. Tastes of burnt malts and a bit of chocolate.

M: First thought was it was watery but after a couple of mouthfuls the flavor hits you a bit harder. Just the right amount of carbonation for a lager.

D: Good beer. Leinenkugel's is one of my favorite American brewers and this is a nice example of their work.

dstc, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a moderate head.

Smell: Smells sweet, a little chocolate.

Taste: Sweet and malty, a little roasted flavor but not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Uh...creamy, possibly?

Drinkability: Easy to drink with enough flavor to keep you interested.

My dad gave me three of these, and it's probably my favorite Leinie's. Different enough from the norm to keep me interested.

Mdog, Jan 10, 2007
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
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.