Creamy Dark
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Lager - European Dark
Ranked #110
Ranked #48,830
3.37 | pDev: 16.32%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: Dark lager with rich, nutty, cocoa flavor

Our most award-winning beer, Leinenkugel’s® Creamy Dark 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.

In 2005 and 2006, Creamy Dark won a Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival® in the American-style Dark Lager category. In 2002, 2008 and 2013 it won the Silver in the American-style Dark Lager category, and in 2004 received the Bronze in the American-style Dark Lager category.

IBU: 20
Reviews: 343 | Ratings: 1,036 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into a plastic cup:
on a business trip with very limited resources.

A: a bit lighter than a cola. decent head revives NICELY with a swirl. unaable to guage lacing but assume it's good.

S a bit weak to the nose, only hints of maltiness

T not too bad, dark, porter -ish. no notes of hops and a understated malt backbone.

M a bit too foamy IMHO

D: easy to drink. No alcohol bite, no hops bite, decent taste, drink 'em up!

Jun 21, 2010
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

Sep 22, 2014
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

May 19, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Jun 16, 2006
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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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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
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)

Sep 24, 2015
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archyquaffer from Montana

4/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

Oct 12, 2014
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mothman from Minnesota

2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Dec 12, 2008
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery. Doesn't get much fresher than that.

Dark maroonish black color with small creamy head. Little lacing.

Smells like deep roasted malt.

Rich deep roasted malt, hint of coffee. Reminds me of a light stout.

Creamy mouthfeel as the name says. Smooth and lighter medium bodied.

I could drink quite a few of these no problem. This is in my top two of Leinie's beers that I've tried.

Jul 05, 2009
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troyvar from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 08, 2012
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Kahlstrom from Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Nov 15, 2013
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PMarcy78 from Minnesota

3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Mar 08, 2017
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Feb 04, 2008
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BierStein711 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious burnt chocolate beer!!

Bottle, from the bottle

Jet black with white colored head

Low carbonation, fresh bottle

Tastes of malt and burnt, baker's cocoa

Smells of chocolate, coffee, and lager yeast

Mouthfeel: smooth and rich!

Overall, this is a solid beer. I do not know if I would buy a six-pack. Yet, I'd try it on draught at the first notice.

Jan 02, 2013
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JesseRay from Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Aug 06, 2013
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porters4life from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aug 10, 2016
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BlissJunkie from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sep 18, 2013
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Hopswagger from South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 21, 2014
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Cotton_27 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -11%

May 11, 2013
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SSGCujo from Wisconsin

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

Sep 06, 2016
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Yesac from Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours light brown, appears transparent dark brown in the glass. Small tan head.

S- Big malt and wheat on the nose, caramel malt.

T- Dark caramel malt, slight zest, wheat. Not much going on here.

M- Thin, watery. Nothin special.

D- Malty, easy drinking. Not complex or that tasty overall but not so bad.

Nov 14, 2010
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gphillips5300 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +18.7%

Dec 11, 2011
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Dave_in_GR from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sep 17, 2013
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Krusader from Wisconsin

3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jun 11, 2017
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meatmallet from Tennessee

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

Appearance: Dark brown with a medium head. It left quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and roasted and chocolate malts are a little light.

Taste: Rather light and tasty. Light flavors of roasted grain with dry finish.Some mild hopping at the end.

Mouthfeel?drinkability: Very easy to drink. Good overall.

Mar 14, 2009
Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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