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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 76 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Photo of tempest
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle with frozen pizza on a cold Northern night, an approptiate pairing I'd say. Pours a dark, near black, brown with a light tan head and some lacing.

This beer is caught between a marginal macro lager and a legitimate dark lager. The aroma has an unfortunate cooked corn smell, but the flavor is dominated by a pairing of nutty and roasted malt flavor that are quite nice. Its a shame Leiny's can't follow through and really make this a good beer. Still quite drink despite the flaws.

Photo of chaunur
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard into a pint glass, nice clear rick dark brown color with a light tan 2 finger head that quickly disappeared. Produced a well developed aroma consisting mainly of roasted malt with a bit of hop. The flavor wasn't as sweet as I thought I'd would be, kinda of a burnt, woody flavor with a little hop on the finish. I nice drinking beer that wasnt overly heavy

Photo of cindiwindi1025
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this one and it was a bit of a letdown.

A- Though not very thick in appearance, it looked like it would taste good. Had a decent, medium to dark brown color with very light lacing.

S- Very light...a little smoky-smelling, tiny bit of hop.

T- WAY too light...there was nothing about this beer that stuck to my palate, the flavors were about as easy to grasp as water, it was just plain thin and bland.

M- creamy, light carbonation

D- they go down like water, easy but nothing in the excitement department.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with copper highlights up against light. Poured a puffy two finger off-white head that dissipated. Medium lacing, but broken.

S: Lightly roasted, sweet malt. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Soft floral hops.

T: Roasted malts are prevelant. Lingering malt aftertaste.

M: Light body. Living up to its name, creamy and smooth.

D: Not quite one and done. Intersting enough and drinkable enough, its a clear back-up beer.

Photo of daledeee
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has always been readily available around here.

Pours a clear dark brown with a pretty white head that leaves a ring of bubbles around the glass.

Taste is mostly roasted dark malt and lots of coffee. The overwhelming point to be made is that it is bitter. Yet, this beer still tastes watered down.

Mouth feel is carbonated.

Not quite balanced enough for me but easy to drink.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark mahogany with reddish notes, one finger head.

S- Clean, mild malt aroma, with very light hints of roastiness.

T- Crisp caramel malt with a light but, not overpowering roasty backbone. Mild hopping comes through in finish just enough to bring about some balance.

M- Slightly fizzy, but otherwise, actually pretty creamy.

D- These always go down pretty nice.

One of leines better beers, give it a try if you haven't already. This is also a good beer for those "afraid of the dark"

Photo of WJVII
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this brew after having a good years worth of reviewing. This beer poured into a pint glass has a dark brown color with a nice 1 1/2 inch off white head that leaves nice lacing. The smell is of roasted malt with hints of mild caramel and chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell. Some burnt chocolate and mile sweetness. Not as bold of flavor as some dark lagers but this is a solid brew, one of the best from Leinies, worth it from a local brewery.

Photo of drxandy
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz to standard pint, pours a dark yet thin slightly golden reddish brown, cream colored head rests then fades

smells of nice malts, very slight metallic/adjunct, slight roastiness

tastes highly carbonated with a nice chocolate malt/crisp slightly creamy mouthfeel, malts taste good, light on the palate but very sessionable and good flavors especially the aftertaste - roasty and slightly dry, bitter but not overtly, nice subtle hopping, smooth and delicious - a nice dark lager!

mouthfeel is slight creaminess from carbonation, roasty/slight bitter hops/malts, lightly dry - tastes good!
Worthy of a drink :D

Photo of hiikeeba
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up an inky brown with ruby highlights, and a tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Smells of roasted malt with some sweet malt in the background.

T - Taste starts off with a malty sweetness, finishes with a lightly roasted malt flavor.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable dark lager.

Photo of kinger
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite American Dark Lagers for many reasons. Great dark amber color, pours well into a glass. The creamy head does vanish to next to nothing but a good lacing remains. The aroma is real nice lots of malts and some hops can easily be detected. Good roasted flavor along with some chocolate and maybe a bit of licorice. Finishes strong and very drinkable. This is a quality dunkel that goes well with a good meal or simply on its own.

Photo of beeragent
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass from a 12oz bottle. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a 1 inch tan head, with little lacing. The aroma consisted of light malts and grain. The taste was a smooth mix of sweet malts and light grain. Not at all complex. Mouthfeel was medium and smooth. This beer had a decent flavor for a lager, and low alcohol to make it an easy drinker. Overall, this beer wasnt bad. While I wouldnt want to drink this all night, one here and there would be good, especially on a hot summer day. Worth a try.

Photo of rye726
2.03/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This creamy lager is dark, but not creamy. It poured a decent brown with a marginal head. The nose has some mild malts and light sweetness. The taste was a bit grainier than I expected. Just not much going on here. A watery body has lots of carbonation. Not very enjoyable.

Photo of SMark
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass with a bulge at the top at 52° with a nice foamy off white head which dissipated leaving a good lacing effect. The bottle had date information stamped on it and the beer was mahogany in color with slight carbonation.

There was aroma evident during the pouring. Darker roasted malts and a faint of sweetness were later discernable.

Taste was smooth with a little bite initially. Subsequent tastes fell off slightly with no lingering.

The beer was pleasant enough but could have been a little cooler to allow a crisper feel.

This beer was just a tad above average and one I would drink on future occasions.

Photo of timmlimestone
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very decent mass produced beer. C'mon let us remember that this is from the same company that made clear beer. I like it. it is a good light dark beer.

Appearance is very dark brown. It pours with a very big but light head from all the carbonation.

Smells like beer. not dark, not strong, but a mass produced beer.

Taste is wonderful for a light dark lager. Very much what it is. Not creamy enough though.

The mouthfeel is a little too fizzy.

Drinkability is very much a good thing. This is a great lighter beer that you an serve off the tap at a barbeque and not have too may people sleeping on your couch.

Photo of npotratz
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorites from Leinenkugel's. While it doesn't compare to many craft and microbrews, it is exceptional for a mass produced beer. It has a nice head with a very smooth taste. It is a darker beer that I think even people who prefer lighter beers could get into.

Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle shared at tasting:

Pours very transluscent dark brown with a small offwhite head. Light roasted malt and cardboard on the nose, mostly. Flavor is very cardboard like, with a very thin, watery body. Some roastiness is showing, but I guess a decent amount for an American Dark Lager... Not very good overall though, but drinkable.

Photo of SiphonKing
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a Leinenkugel mainstream beer this is actually one of their more quaffable offerings. Keeping to the tradition of a dark lager it has the crispness and smooth lager qualities. The taste finishes with a slight hop flavor (very subtle) and has an almost toffeish malt characteristic to it. Of all the Leinies styles offered this is one of the beers that is worth a taste.

Photo of Grimes
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a finger thick head that quickly dissipates in my snifter.
Smell is of coffee, dark chocolate and burnt caramel.
Very light mouthfeel for such a complex smell
Crisp beer with a smooth finish.
A little more carbonation than I normally prefer.
All in all, not a bad offering from Leinenkugel, but I won't be searching for this beer again any time soon.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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
2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.