Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Creamy DarkLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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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Photo of yuenglingfan101
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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Photo of tronester
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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Photo of superspak
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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Photo of Libeertarian
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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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of Robert_G
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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Photo of BennyH
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First time to try. Bought a six pack. Was expecting more flavor, creamy head, malty, and better feel in mouth. A bit disappointing. Actually tastes a bit flat. Hope I didn't grab a six pack that had been mishandled and stored incorrectly.

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Photo of robinsonmike
4.54/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No " Beer Snob" review here. Bottom line is. .....great winter time lager with semi creamy finish and some toasty notes. It my go to winter time fish fry beer.

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Photo of MECove
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Beautiful head and lacing, light texture on the tongue, a bright after taste, a dark slightly red coloration, a lingering sweetness, effervescent, a hint of coffee bitterness. delightful and easy to drink all night.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +19%

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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%

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 SteveJeremy
4/5  rDev +19%

Still on my tireless quest to sample all the Leinenkugel offerings I've missed out on, and after catching their new fall explorer pack - bearing Orange Shandy, Creamy Dark, Oktoberfest, and Honey Weiss (which I, admittedly, need to retry) - I simply couldn't resist picking it up. Next beer reviews will be on Creamy Dark, this particular offering, and Oktoberfest, from my favorite mainstream brewer around. Let's light this one on fire.

Appearance - Ostensibly jet black, but added light reveals a very dark, reddish-amber color. A murky aesthetic, with the creaminess and thickness of a bourbon barrel stout, actually. Incredibly interesting and promising.

Smell - Smells heavier than any of Leinie's other offerings, with the nose detecting toasted malts. Hoping this isn't too bitter.

Taste - There is not a shred of bitterness in the beer, from what I can detect, which is probably due to the beer resembling a bit more of a watery texture. However, that doesn't erect any complaints from me. The beer is wonderfully consistent, heavy, appetizing, and follows the nose with tastes of roasted malts that give off the taste of black coffee. Throw in very light carbonation and you have a winning taste.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant and never too strong. A perfect finish to a fantastic beer.

While I'd never session Creamy Dark, for fear of extensive heaviness making me too full too fast, this beer is exquisite in its presentation and taste. It's almost a lighter, less-flavorful Dragon's Milk, which was another fantastic beer all the more. Giving them the same score because they both had me feeling the same way; warm, fulfilled, and satisfied. Hats off to Leinie's on other great beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 6/25/14 but had this one in the past. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a classic tulip "Augsburger" beer glass from the early 1980's.

Pours a very deep brown in color with some ruby highlights with almost a 1-finger beige head. Some spotty lacing is seen which each sip. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and caramel. The taste is pretty much the same with a slight bitter and dry finish, but doesn't linger. Good carbonation. Overall going with a solid '7

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Photo of ClePaul
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Lienenkugel Creamy Dark Appearance is cola with light brown on the edge when held to a light~ Odor of Mushrooms and Flowers~ I firmly believe that Leinenkugel is marketing and pricing adjunct ale as craft beer~ I wouldn't ever buy it personally, I acquired one as part of a gift pack~ I suppose it's an upgrade above most commercial beers, some mild creaminess but not much~ Leaves the palette watery and expecting more, very blah and boring. Caramel Malt, Smoke, Some Grass, some Toffee and just enough roasted malt to make it drinkable~ It is smooth~ That said, so is Budweiser which shares a 5%ABV~ I'm gonna call PHONY on Leinenkugel! Overall: 4.3 (out of 10)

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Lager with a unique blend of four barley malts, Cluster, Cascade and Mt. Hood hops." Brewed in the style of an Euro Dark Lager, reportedly available as a year round but appears most commonly in the winter months. My bottle was in the 2013 winter variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy tan head of a creamy frothed consistency. Body color is a deep brown with burgundy highlights. High clarity and plentiful carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and clingy, far above my expectations for the appearance of any Leinenkugel year-round beer. 4.25

(Smell) Medium roasted malts, moderately toasted crystal malt, hints of chocolate and light caramel syrup and a modest dash of cream. Aroma is nutty and subtly sweet, not too overdone. Hops provide a very slight earthy and herbal bitterness and balance. 4

(Taste) Bitter roasted malt and dry toast with an understated sweetness. The body is significantly lager-light, less dense and less sweet than the aroma anticipated. Some mellow acidity and cold coffee roast aside, there isn't much to comment on in the flavor of this beer, it's simple and not overly done. Hops are barely audible in the flavor in both flavor and bitterness, the little bitterness required to balance this out comes from earthy roast and the grain malt, and even that may go too far. Finishes nutty, grainy, quite dry, not unlike my expectations for the style. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, dry, mildly chewy. Carbonation adds some light froth and soft crispness to the texture, creamy certainly doesn't spring to mind as a potential adjective to use because the body simply doesn't warrant it, with a light+ body for the style and a light/medium body overall, its a fairly drinkable lager, especially with a generally well-concealed alcohol, barring some graininess, which calls out these subtle imperfections. Balance is in favor of dry, earthy bitterness over sweetness. 3.5

(Overall) It's Leinenkugel, so don't expect to have your socks blown off, but considering Euro Darks aren't very easy to find in the States, this is about as representative of the style as you're going to get (Barring Guinness Black Lager, which I felt was worse). The roast and toasted grain notes aren't too overpowering, and in that I'm glad, because there's very little sweetness to accommodate such a body. Possibly one of the more roundly acceptable beers Leinenkugel brews but not overly fascinating regardless. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark

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Photo of Boca-X
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter. Deep brown, almost black in color. Off white creamy head, disappeared fast, medium lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, slight burnt sourdough bread.

Extremely thin, heavy carbonation up front on the tongue. Some sweetness in the middle but fades very fast...actually it's overwhelmed by the bitter coco and burnt toast flavors. A little warmth on the throat going down...some bitter cold coffee lingers in my mouth.

A little disappointed, with a name like Dark Creamy...well you get what I'm saying...dark yes, creamy not even close. Parts of this are ok...but it's not very balanced wth to much carbonation, bitterness and way to thin. I bought in a sample pack...would not buy in a sixer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug: color is dark brown to near black, amber edges, head is tan, presents 1/2 inch thick, lingers well and leaves nice lacing.

Smell is biscuit, wheat, touch of chocolate, really feint roast.

Taste is less creamy than the aroma, mostly a subtle blend of roast and chocolate, subtle biscuit and wheat, maybe some lactose like sweetness, hops are lightly earthy, mostly bittering.

Mouthfeel is crisper than necessary and not what complimentary for a 'creamy' beer: crisp, over carbonated and too biting on the tongue.

Overall, a semi decent brew from Leinenkugel's, but lacking in certain qualities to qualify for a 'creamy' brew.

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Photo of JerUrbans
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with small dirty tan head that dissipates very rapidly. Smells quite nice roasted malts, grain, faint coffee. Tastes is malty, with a little bitter chocolate in finish, very drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth with some slight bitterness. A little like drinking a cola, very carbonated.

Overall wouldn't be my first choice but still it's a solid enough beer for drinking now and then. Wouldn't go out of my way to get this one.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best before date of March 17, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new beer to me from Leinenkugel's, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Classifies itself as an American dark lager on the label. Expectations are average based on the brewery.

Poured into a Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale pint glass.

A - An aggressive pour conjures two fingers of thick foamy light mocha head on top of a dark mahogany / ruby colored body. Some carbonation lazily floating topside. No lacing. Looks alright for what it is.

S - The smell is another story however. Some dusty chocolate malt, cola, and lots of toast / brown bread / barley notes. Little else going on.

T - Taste follows the nose - bland and uninspired. Chocolate malt, barley roast, toasted breadiness, lager yeast, cola, some dried raisin / fig / date presence, and light indistinct earthiness / bitter / mineral water finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, but thin and watery. Light-bodied with coarse, soda-like carbonation. Lightly bitter finish.

Overall, another fairly boring and uninspired beer from Leinenkugel's. Not foul or offensive, but there is really nothing to write home about here. I suppose it would be okay with limited options, but I wouldn't have it again.

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark ---3/5.

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Photo of Michael_Squires
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice appearance for a dark beer and has a faint aroma that doesn't overwhelm the senses.

Rich, creamy taste that is relatively smooth on the palate. Sits a little heavy in the stomach but not too much.

Overall a solid beer that I would recommend for others to try.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best by 2/17/14 into shaker pint

appearance - 2 finger off white head, black/brownish color

aroma - malty, bready

taste - big malt presence, nutty, a bit of vanilla

mouthfeel - creamy, medium carbonation, a bit thin

overall - ok brew, the taste grew on me a bit as it warmed up. for a decent priced dark lager, this does the trick

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated FEB2414 at 40 degrees into a goblet
Aroma sweet, somewhat figgy, no hops
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, creamy, mostly lasting
Lacing OK
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins with toasted barley, slightly bitter, ending quickly with a slightly bitter aftertaste. No hops, alcohol, or diacetyl flavors
Medium palate, watery, carbonation soft.

A very nice looking beer, with a somewhat disagreeable taste for me. Originally in 2008, gave it a solid “Eh”, would keep that grade.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Sam Adams glass. One of the many beers I'm pretty sured I reviewed but somehow didn't get saved. Oh well, just another opportunity I suppose.
Creamy dark is apt description. I hits the target on the aroma and some of the flavor. Quite attractive beer with tan head and clear deep red color. Darker malt aroma, not roast or deep toast and lager yeast.
Malt flavors are more distinct in flavor with a strong drying quality on the finish with hints of the few malts in this recipe.
Creamy and surprisingly moderate body for a lighter lager.
You know this doesn't suck. And for an American dark lager style is actually isn't that bad. Good winter lager quality.

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