Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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pDev:
16.42%
 
 
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Reviews by ShwarzAl3r:
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5/5  rDev +49.3%

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +17%

Serving style : 12 oz bottle from $1.49 singles cooler poured for appearance.

Appearance (3.75) : Nice, toasted almond sudsy two fingered head that sticks around for a minute or so and finally settles at about half a finger. Leaves small bubbly webs on the glass. Body is dark chocolate/deep maroon colored and appropriate for the style.

Smell (3.75) : Nutty - perhaps roasted nut; bitter hop, toasted malts, spice. Further in is fresh shucked corn, a bit of coffee bean, and amaretto.

Taste (3.75) : A full american lager flavor with coffee notes and some small hop bitterness. A bit of that nuttiness surfaces towards the finish. Maybe a hint of blueberry. Finishes great. This really is an easy drinking, great tasting dark lager.

Sub note...The bottle reveals straight dark coffee notes. If you're a fan of coffee-tasting beers, drink this one from the bottle - you'll get more of it here.

Mouthfeel (4) : Entirely drinkable, easily a session beer. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy, thick, full, and ends semi-dry. An impressive attempt at a dark lager. Super drinkable for how dark it tastes and how easily one could say it's like a porter or stout.

Overall (3.92) : This beer is probably my favorite Leinenkugels' yet. It's sessionable, tastes great, has a nutty coffee flavor, and still retains that dark euro smoothness. I'd buy a six pack to stock in my fridge in a heartbeat. Good stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably an attempt at a German Dunkel, because an attempt at any other dark beer would be a failure. Even compared to the good Dunkel's, this beer is more grainy than malty, a bit chalky, and almost cola-like. The carbonaiton is a bit harsh and the body thins quickly. There is a bittering that comes partly from hops, and partly from grain hulls. The body is less creamy than the lable suggests. Overall, it's just a bit weak on the malts and it hurts the beer from start to finish.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +19.4%

A moderate pour produces a 1.5 inch head that looks pretty creamy and proves fairly sticky. The beer is a moderately dark ruby yellowish brown with moderate carbonation.

Roasty and grainy in the aroma and flavor. Maybe a little earthy funk. Definite coffee notes and pungent grain and malt in the flavor. Dry on the finish, with lingering, but quite subtle funk and pungent fruit in the aftertaste. Really, quite a clean, lager finish but with some interesting aroma-flavors. Creamy, almost spritzy mouthfeel.

This is probably Leinie's best brew.

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Photo of GStone899
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of mothman
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is a dark ruby red. Can't really see through the beer. Head is really thin and dissapates quickly, leaving some lace.

The aroma is next to nothing, very grainy, like a lager, but that is all. Taste is much better. It is like almond toffee. Burnt roasted malts are also noted.

Mouthfeel reminds me of and American macro lager. Nothing to special, leaves an itchy taste in your mouth.

Overall, not to bad of a beer (for a lager) but not something I'd drink again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a really dark brown, almost black in color with a nice looking tan head. The aroma is packed with roasted and burnt malts and some nice hints of hops on the nose. The taste is nicely roasted with a good amount of malts upfront with a rich burnt bitterness in the aftertaste. The hops don't really shine thorugh in the flavor at all. The mouthfeel is lighter than most dark lagers which is ok I suppose. I'd prefer it to be a little thicker. Overall I was happy to have tried this one because it was one of the harder Leinie's to find in my area. I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to its word it ia a very creamy dark beer,very dark brown/black with good creamy head that doesnt stick around lond.Chocolatey aroma smells very sweet.Toasted malty taste and chocolaty,kinda thin after a few drinks.Pretty good beer had it with some hot wings and seemed to pair up pretty good.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah , time to review an old Wisconsin stand by. Leinie’s creamy dark is one of the beers I loved to turn to back in college when I wanted something dark and thick but could only scrape together 4 bucks. Well, lucky for me 4 bucks plus pocket change could always score me a sixer of this puppy.

These days the price is up and so are my tastes and bankroll so I haven’t made it a point to drink this one too often but it’s still decent as a session beer, a starting dark beer, or when you’re stopping at a gasser in BFE Wisconsin and this is the only dark beer they sell. God bless leinie’s for that. Without Jacob L, about 800 gas stations in this state would be limited to serving AB and M. At least with Leinie’s we’ve got access to a decent dark, honey weiss, or red at just about every stop and rob across the state. Onto the review.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Light tan, thin head. A dime sized layer of head lingers.

Smell: Beer and chestnuts. Not much going on.

Taste: Bits of apple, chocolate, and dried apricot. Sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Almost medium bodied. Sweet up front. The slightest bit bitter at the end.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. Not filling in the slightest.

Notes: Try this one with strawberries and chocolate some time. Strawberries really improve this beer, and this beer those strawberries.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, creamy russet pour with a tan head.

Toasty, grainy, German malt aroma with hints of caramel, roast, and earth.

Taste is similar to the smell, very German style, roasty and grainy up front with caramel hitting about midway and finishing dry. Not all that creamy in texture for the name.

Style-wise it's nice, but I wouldn't consider it a go-to.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a nice deep ruby color that looks pretty-much black in the glass, like a stout, but just a bit lighter and clearer. Two fingers of tan head reduced to less than a centemeter in a few minutes with decent lacing.

The smell is all malt and roasty, though overall the smell is not strong.

The taste is roasted malt aswell. The beer hits the tounge with a slight tinge of fleeting bitterness that quickly gives way to the malt taste which continues to intensify as long as it sits on the tounge. The mothfeel has a pleasing consistency, though somewhat flat.

This beer is super-smooth but still has an excellent bold flavor. I think this is a truly unique beer ata great price and a good session beer for the cooler months.

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Photo of Brent_B
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmheinz57
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GeoBear
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of loose5682
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of googs509
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babyhobbes
2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, pours brown with a 1 inch cream colored head that lasts for at least a few minutes. This has very little smell at all. This tastes mostly like alcohol. There's no real creamy, caramel, malty taste at all. I wish I knew what they were aiming for here. The taste just isn't much of anything. Creamy isn't really a good adjective for this beer. I mean, yes..it's dark, yes...it's thicker than say your average AB pilsner but creamy?..no. I guess I could drink these but I'd sure rather have something with a little more flavor. Sorry.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours into a pint glass a sharp looking beer. Clear mahogany with ruby highlights, and a respectable two finger beige head. Lots of patchy lacing.

Subtle aroma features softly roasted malt notes of mild chocolate and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is light medium with a solid carbonation. Smooth on the palate, but you have to use your imagination to call it creamy.

Taste is pretty good for a dark lager. Restrained malt presence serves up soft notes of chocolate and burnt caramel that meld with some spicy and earthy hops. Lager yeast and malt let you know what you have here.



Pretty good for style. I keep this on hand for guests who like dark lagers. It's also my favorite beer to steam brats in. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled. w/o any freshness indication on the label/bottle. Pours dark maple syrup in color, off white head, disolving to a tiny bubble film. This left behind some middle of the road lacing. Ho hum so far. The nose highlighted some maple syrup and molasas. Flavor notes included some caramel and lighly roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel, but a bit thin and watery. This is a decent, lower cost brew. Basically malty, w/o much of a hop presence. Dark beer with training wheels.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and coffee

Taste: roasted coffee, toasted malt, cream, and a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter backbone, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: A winner from Leinenkugel, this a perfectly drinkable light beer. The coffee taste is pleasing and I love the multiple flavors in this beer. I could have two or three.

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Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 1,015 ratings