Dark Lager
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - European Dark
Ranked #118
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
77
Ranked #49,529
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 16.32%
Reviews:
346
Ratings:
1,039
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
77
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Dark LagerDark Lager
Notes: Formerly: Creamy Dark

Our most award-winning beer, Leinenkugel’s® Dark Lager is brewed with a special blend of four malts for a rich, nutty cocoa flavor and crisp finish. That makes it one deliciously dark, surprisingly smooth brew. Hey, the name says it all.

20 IBU
Reviews: 346 | Ratings: 1,039 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle enjoy by date Nov 30, 2021 into a nonic pint glass.
L: Pours light brown with ruby edges and bottom with a 2+ finger creamy beige head, good retention and no visible carbonation. Essentially no lacing at all.
S: Caramelized chocolate malts, light chocolate, floral, a hint of dark wheat bread and subtle rose flower.
T: Deep caramelized malts, light chocolate, very light coffee, gently bitter, lightly toasty but not charred. There is a pleasant sweetness throughout.
F: Quite smooth, creamy medium light bodied mouthfeel with a medium length finish. It is slightly wet feeling. Slightly thin which adds to is easy drinkability.
O: This dark lager boasts lightness overall. It is light on it's feet, lightly sweet and is very good in it's style. I prefer drinking it straight out of the bottle vs a glass pour as it tends to be a bit more toasty.

Nov 03, 2021
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchaed at the Leinie Lodge, Chippewa Falls. Poured from a 32oz crowler. Pours a clear dark brown, big head that's gone in a flash. Aroma has some malts, a bit of chocolate. Flavor is a bit nutty, sweet and roasted grains. Thin, watery and moderately carbonated.

Sep 20, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Creamy Dark, now labeled as Dark Lager. I poured this 12oz. bottle into my 20oz. glass. For starters there is one finger of creamy tan foam, with excellent retention. This beer is a dark cola color, but I do notice there is medium carbonation on the move here.
The aroma is sweet cocoa, and roasted malts, light but noticeable.
The flavor is sweet chocolate, lightly roasted malts with a somewhat dry nutty finish. The finish makes the sweetness bearable. There isn't anything bitter about this brew. This is very easy to over sip.
The feel is creamy smooth(as advertised).
This is very enjoyable, creamy, yet light enough to make a session of this brew.

Jul 09, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Bottle neck is stamped '1AR0824145 E5000010836'.
Deep brown colored body. Looks clear when back lit, with some ruby red color. Has a skim of a light beige cap. Leaves a few scattered spots of foam on the glass.
Aroma is roasted malt and some hint of chocolate.
Taste has some dark fruit and nuts mixed in with the roasted malts. Definitely has a cocoa note.
Mouth feel seems thin and creamy at the same time. Perhaps this is from how quickly the beer passes through the mouth. Some fizziness.
Presents as more of a commercial product than a craft product. Okay, but forgettable. May be good as a taste quencher on a warmer day when a darker beer is called for.

Feb 01, 2021
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I don't know what it is with Leinenkugel's. They have some good recipes but something about their brewing process gives all their beers the same watery consistency. Would like to see them move past that. Anyways... this is a decent beer. Looks and tastes good, smells a little weird and the feel is typical but I enjoyed it.

Dec 02, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - nice dark dark brown with a tan head
Smell - roasty sweet nutty smell
Taste - roasty nutty slightly bitter earthy taste
Feel - medium body and medium heavy carb
Overall - ok beer

Oct 03, 2020
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Offa from California

3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a reasonably good dark lager.

Deep chestnut, it has a medium pale tan head soon thinning to thin lasting foam.

Aroma is simple but good, nut and light coffee.

Taste is light coffee, wine-soaked prunes. Simple, but good.

Oct 14, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark brewed by Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.90% This European Dark Lager pours out a nice Deep Brown color with a nice light brown head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with roasted goodness. You pick up a lot of grains an malts mixed with a slight sweetness. So far Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold an rich with flavors. You first pick up on a mild sweetness, then the roasted grains and malts. The body of this brew is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Roasted, Bold, Sweet, Rich, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark a Soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this European Dark Lager.

Jan 12, 2019
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out avery dark brown with red highlights around the edges. The brown is dark enough to border on a black. Two fingers of light brown or tan head with thick soapy bubbles. Nice tan lacing down the glass.

Smell is faint roasted malts. Sweet dark bread smells. A tiny bit of hops in the background.

Taste is like a nice dark bread. Maybe even like a marbled bread that I once had that had dark and light bread. Picking up on roasted malts. Very light roast to the malts.

Mouth feel is on the medium side. Lingering carbonation towards the back of the mouth. A faint bit of creaminess on the mouth.

Everything about this beer seems like a real light version of a porter. The smell, taste and mouth feel all seem like a lighter, or fainter version, of a porter. With a low ABV this seems to be a good entry beer for the dark side of beers. It is not so complex as to overwhelm some just getting into the darker beers. Might seem to let down those folks that like the big heavy dark beers but I don't feel that is the case. If you like dark beers, and I do, this almost seems like a session beer in that category. I can definitely see the crafting that went into this one. Very nice beer!

Jan 06, 2019
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OhioBeerFan from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer tastes like they mixed Snowdrift Vanilla Porter with their Original. Its thin and watery, but has the darker malt flavors. A nice middle ground beer, perhaps even an entry level porter.

Dec 09, 2018
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The créme de la darke is certainly a malty, easy drinking beer. Kind of sweet, without the dirt and gravel of many other dark beers. Not too bad at all. 2017/11/23

Nov 13, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Passable w/ nothing terribly wrong! Pours a flat black w/ almost no head or lacing. Aroma is very light malt. Taste is dark malt & relatively smooth. No real complaints considering the brewer.

Oct 13, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Dark reddish brown, thick foam head fades at a good clip, and some good lacing on glass
Smell - Definitely a creamy aroma. Nutty, malty, and a little fruity (raisins, prunes). Nothing too exotic though.
Taste - I love roasted malt beers and this is a good one. Roasted almost to the point of being burnt but not burnt malts. Creamy texture and flavor with peanut/walnut notes. Not watery but not heavy either. Medium-low carbonation. Highly drinkable a la Newcastle Brown. A little pepper and smoke lingers.

Overall, a fairly simple but effective dark lager. It is a flavorful roasted malt beer that is a good version of the style. Not spectacular or anything but they did a good job. Grade is A-

Sep 12, 2018
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not that creamy, not that dark, this beer fails to deliver on its promises, though holds its own as an exercise in looks and moderation. The creamiest thing about this beer is its appearance, looking a rich coffee brown with a solid foamy head lasting for a good while. The aroma is quite fruity. Most of what I get is the hops and a tiny bit of sweet roast. Fairly weak and not terribly complex in this regard. The taste put me off at first, being disappointingly light and fruity, though grew on me as the toasty malts began to build up on my palette. Overall, this is the lightest of any dark beer I've drank.

Jul 09, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear mahogany color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight vanilla, hint of roasted malt, slight pale malt, slight oatmeal, hint of yeast, and a hint of corn. Fits the style of a Euro Dark Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level, but high level of dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, slight vanilla, roasted malt, slight pale malt, slight oatmeal, hint of yeast, hint of piney hops, and a hint of corn.

Feb 23, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.46/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and some splotchy glass lacing. Aroma is of brown bread crust and sweet malt. Taste is of those elements, a bit of char, and some balancing hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat creamy, and Creamy Dark finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

Jan 10, 2018
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holtonwes from Georgia

2.33/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Look: Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a lovely dark brown with a 2 finger offwhite head. Dissipates relatively quickly with lacing.

Smell: honestly I don't get much of anything off of this.

Taste: very watered down.. some coffee, hops, slight hint of malt

Feel: very watery and thin...

Dec 17, 2017
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Leinies gave this a good try but at the end of the day it's still a mass produced beer. Tastes like they had a good batch and then cut it with water. Body is very weak, not much of a flavor profile and it lacks any distinct character notes. Not much head or lacing. I'm not disappointed as I knew what I was getting into. Got a 12 pack for $12.00.

Nov 06, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 9/18/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 4.9% ABV. The beer pours a dark brown with red highlights. The head is light brown and settles from an inch into a nice 1/16" coat with promising lacing. The aroma is roast malt and dark chocolate. The taste follows with a smooth malt driven roasty & cocoa flavor that gives way to a slightly bitter and tangy finish. Mouthfeel is soft bodied with sharp carbonation and mostly dry finish. Overall, good. Nothing exciting here but nothing wrong either. I am not wild about the tangy finish, but it is present in a lot of porters I've tried and I believe it is intentional in this brew.

Jul 14, 2017
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Jimbob-gbr from Nebraska

3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, one finger light brown head. Smells breast, toasty.
Taste is light roast, light chocolate. Kinda thin and water, not creamy. IMO one of the better leinny beers. It OK for the sale price that was on it

Jul 09, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is malt with a hint of hops. Creamy taste of caramel and malts. Finishes with a slightly hoppy bitterness.

May 28, 2017
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very average dark lager. It's slightly roasty with a slightly chocolatey sweetness. The finish comes through mildly herbal and roasty. overall it's not bad, but I won't be going back to it.

Apr 30, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Creamy dark, interesting formulation. Pours looking like a darker brown ale, not porter territory. Aroma hit those Burton pond, earth and tobacco notes.

Taste, more of that rounded earthiness, tobaccy chew, plenty of roasted malt. What is going on here? I didn't find much to be creamy about this. The heavy roast and earthiness were more abrasive than anything.

Jul 22, 2016
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably one of the best beers i have had from this company. Nice dark brown beer with a small head and dark chocolate taste. Smells chocoaltey and goes down smooth

Mar 02, 2016
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jw4free from Kansas

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. L: translucent root beer brown. Limited head fades to nothing. No lacing. S: toasted nuts, bonfire. T: limited smoke, hint of sweetness - plain honey. F: smooth, sweetness lingers. Easy drinking, round not creamy with enough carbonation to keep interest. O: not a bad dark lager.

Jan 24, 2016
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