Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Creamy DarkLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark
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European Dark Lager
Ranked #98
Ranked #47,330
3.36 | pDev: 16.37%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Leinenkugel's Creamy DarkLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark
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3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Offa from California, Oct 14, 2019
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4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Drak-Nib from Nebraska, Nov 13, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Oct 13, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +21.7%
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-

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PMakowski from New Hampshire, Sep 12, 2018
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3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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SB2017 from Iowa, Jul 09, 2018
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3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Tone from Missouri, Feb 23, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +32.7%
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.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Jan 10, 2018
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2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
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...

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holtonwes from Georgia, Dec 17, 2017
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3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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GStone899 from Minnesota, Nov 06, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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jkblr from Indiana, Jul 14, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Jimbob-gbr from Nebraska, Jul 09, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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dd53grif from Michigan, May 28, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +41.4%
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

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Photo of jw4free
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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jw4free from Kansas, Jan 24, 2016
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3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Inoffensive and easy to drink, delivering bready lager with light fruit up front, accented by mild hops, toasty malt, roasted nuts and coffee or cacao.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jan 02, 2016
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3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head. Aromas of toasted grain. The flavors begin with some tart cherry up front, then some toasted bread, finishing with some herbal hops. Mouthfeel is average. Overall a decent beer.

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tronester from Oklahoma, Dec 12, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/17/2015. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very good schwarzbier style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Oct 31, 2015
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3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear and dark brown to deep wine-red, depending on lighting. Large, rocky, foamy tan head of medium retention. Light roast, dark toast, and slight tart aroma. Smoky-tart but toffee-sweet throughout. Finish is a herbal, metallic, roasty, and smokey admixture. As the name would suggest, a perfectly creamy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied but plenty of sudsy, quickly-softening carbonation. In the realm of Euro Darks, Schwarzbiers, and Dunkels, I've had better and I've had worse.

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2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brief impressions from a bottle:

A: 7.5cm head of off-white/pale khaki colour. 4 minute retention.

Dark amber body. No yeast is visible.

Sm: Cream. Dark malts. Clean ester-free lager yeast. A hint of herbal hops.

Not artificial, boozy, or off. But definitely reticent, timid, and suggestive of mediocrity.

T: Dark malts. Malt syrup. Cream. A mild herbal hop profile. Caramel.

Shallow, simple, reticent, plain. There's insufficient complexity to even talk about (im)balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly syrupy, slightly creamy, and adequately thick.

Doesn't elevate the beer or accentuate specific notes.

O: To its credit, it's not anywhere near as artificial tasting as it could be. But its plain taste and simplicity will turn off all but the most casual of drinkers. Not a bad brew to knock back while distracted by media or an event, but ultimately quite lackluster. Still, for a Leinenkugel's brew, it's above average. Definitely drinkable...

C (2.84)

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kojevergas from Colorado, Sep 24, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very nice beer. It's far and away better than Shiner Bock, which is quite popular around here. I like many of Leinenkugel's beers. This one is tasty and satisfying. The alcohol content is on the low side, which I don't like. That's my only complaint

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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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