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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: 863
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 59 | 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 cdkrenz
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium to dark brown body with a hint of amber through the light. The head tops the body light tan and standing at about a half inch tall. Decent lacing as well.

Smell - Good malt scent that really beckons a taste.

Taste - The taste starts out malty and moves to a nice strength of chocolate and even a bit of coffee. The flavor isn't overwhelming but is certainly evident. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel - The feel is soft and fluid. The flavor isn't really assisted by the feel in my opinion. In this case I think that's okay because the flavor is so solid.

~ I've been drinking and enjoying this Wisconsin original since college and I have to say it keeps getting better every time I try it. I loved it in college, and today I can honestly say I don't think I drink enough of Creamy Dark.

note: I hoist this fine brew in honor of Brett Farve retiring today. Here's to you Brett.

Photo of chiapete
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

just tried this one in the bottle instead of on tap.

Was close to the tap beer, but didn't taste quite as fresh, maybe it was the atmosphere.

Had another later in the evening just to make sure, tasted the same as the first. Couldn't get to the bartender to mention it to him. was a very busy night.

I would rate it about the same except for the taste. Would down grade it a bit. I will try it in this style once more just to see.

Photo of bassmantin
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly transparent red/brown with a phenomenal tan head. It looks like the kind of head you get out of those Guinness cans with the widget, very fine and creamy.

Smells very roasty. Taste is creamy and sweet with a good roasted malt finish. I am thoroughly impressed by this beer. Leinenkugel's usually puts out some interesting stuff, but this one is off the charts for them.

This is a really good beer. It could be on of my regulars. Not a mind-blower, but some good flavor at a reasonable price.

Photo of acrawf6
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown with a creamy tan head.

Smell. some coffee and roasted malts come out.

Taste. The roasted flavor strikes me the most about the beer. Reminds me of a newcastle, but with a smoother flavor with the roast character. A little sweetness comes through that balances the flavor decently. Aftertaste is rather neutral.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a creaminess to it. carbonation is at a proper level.

Overall, better than i thought it would be. I wouldnt mind having this one again when i am not in the mood for something complex and just enjoying a good time with friends. but will i stock my fridge with it? no.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.3/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark red but still easy to see through, light brown head of about a finger and a half. A little bit of lacing, but does not last very long.

Smells of smokey/caramel/chocolate malt.

Tastes the same as smell,just a hint of roasted malt paired with a thin, watery flavoe.

A little thinner and more carbonated than I would like or expect.

Can't drink many of these. In fact, I got a Lenie's sampler as a present and would not buy this again.

Photo of hdofu
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A drinkable beer, smells hoppy, taste is crisp, of smokey in chracter, but not bitter in taste. Mouthfeel is just average, easy to swallow. It is however a very drinkable lager, but not one I'd go out of my way to get again. This beer would be appropriate to accompany a hot milk cake with chocolate icing.

Photo of Greggy
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark reddish but still able to easily see through.

Smell: Some caramel malt comes through here

Taste: A dark lager with some caramel mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: The mouthfeel was ok but was definitely just your average lager. I don't intend on many more of these.

Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a dark caramel color with garnet highlights. and a few fingers of light coffee colored head that is tight and leaves moderate lacings. wonderful settling.

aroma is of caramel and chocolate malts, with a light hop character. notes include light coffee, and a mild roasted character. well proportioned, with a pleasant feel.

taste is synonamous with the aroma, with a bit more roasted malt character. an excellent dark lager. very smooth on the finish.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, as would be expected, with a medium body and and a creamy finish. light on the CO2.

drinkability is great. a few of these would not hurt any beer advocate. cheers!

Photo of biggmike
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very attractive dark brown color with decent head that dissipated slowly. Aroma was of roasted maltiness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is also malty that is well balanced by a suprising hoppiness. Mouthfeel is good and lacing on glass is decent. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I purchased this beer as a variety pack from the Beer Zoo from harrisburg, PA.

A- Rich and Dark.


T- it was def a dark lager

D-I wasnt overally impressed with the beer but then again i am not a dark lager fan.

I would def not purchase a six pack of it for recreational drinking.

Photo of youngleo
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours to a very dark brown to almost black. Had a nice caramel colored head. Had some good lacing that left rings around the glass with each swallow.
S- Smelled of coffee, and caramel. With a hint of alcohol.
T- Had a dark beer taste to start but the flavor just didnt have a finish. Almost like it was slightly watered down. Had a coffee after taste.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was good and not too much.
D- I guess I expected more from Leinenkugel on this one. There just wasnt enough flavor to get me to buy these and not some other dark beer.

Photo of keoki182
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite Leinie’s beer. It’s dark, but it’s pretty thin and easy-drinking. I love the deep brown/black color and the wonderful toasted/caramel aroma. Creamy Dark is extremely smooth in the mouthfeel department, perhaps a bit thin, but it makes that 5th and 6th pint very easy to drink. The flavor is not overwhelming, but very tasty and again, caramelly. Try this beer if you’re new to the Leinenkugel stable.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It’s a very dark reddish/brown beer with a nice head and almost no lacing, and it has some mild carbonation. Smells like roasted nuts and chocolate and wheat bread. It’s pretty smooth and has a semi-crisp taste followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste, it’s not a full bodied beer. After I let it warm up a bit the bitter aftertaste seemed to mellow out a bit.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: draft on Miller Tour in Milwaukee

A: dark brown with copper highlights and a =fluffy dirty white head that fell quickly

S: slight roast in nose, hints of chocolate, floral hop as well, soft, bready sweet malt, almost cloying, mineral hard water smell

T: It is creamy--it lives up to that. Roasty center that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: watery and light, but smooth

D: it'll do ina pinch, but just slighty better than your average macro. It's dark and unoffensive--might be good training beer for the masses.

Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark burnt umber tone with a deeper crimson highlight in the light. Two fingers of puffy foam that settles down to a few centimeters, with some sheets of lacing. Aroma is malty, grainy and a little too vegetal.

First sip carries a mild astringency, grainy, with a minor roast note and low level sweetness in the aftertaste. Fairly clean but bland. Mouthfeel has adequate carbonation, but it's a bit watery. Papery, dry aftertaste. Something about this beer makes you want to just throw it back without pondering it at all. Not good. It's easy enough to drink, but i'm glad I didn't buy the sample.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black body with light shining through around the edges. Head gone almost immediately leaving only a sparse film and bubble ring.

Aroma is rich and holds a slight element of dark fruit.

Flavor is toasty, roasted, and bitter. Dry finish with hints of sweeter fruits hidden in the background.

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Sweet malt with chocolate and coffee hints

T - Malt and hints of coffee

M - A lot of carbonation but still smooth and creamy

D - Easy to drink could have a few of these in one sitting

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.