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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Photo of Mitchster
1.6/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ah, so this is the "Creamy Dark Lager". Nice name.

Brewed with Caramel, Munich, Carapils, Chocolate, and three (yes, 3!) pale malts. Hopped with Cascade, Cluster, and Mt.Hood

4.94% ABV, 170 Calories per bottle.

Pours out to a Clear, deep mahogany, forming a modest light yellow, off-beige head of microbubbles with decent retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is laced with that "domestic macrobrew" twang, but this time in a "Creamy Dark Lager"! Indeed, I do not see corn listed as an ingredient, but I sure smell it. Poopy macro yeast aroma with caramelized sugar added to provide some semblance of "dark" aroma. I swear to god, when I swirl it, I get onions and rotting lettuce. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy with a light body. Taste begins with a little bit of nothing...medicinal caramelized sugar, wood, macro-yeast blargh, and some nice fusels that give me a headache almost instantly. Bitterness tastes like the way your clothes smell after going to a smokey bar. That's enough. I can't take any more. Down the sink it goes. A belch tastes like Nag Champa.

"Highest Quality", "Hand-crafted in small batches". Poop on you Mr.Leiny, your beer sucks.

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Photo of BJsLove
1.63/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I snagged this brew for the cold season that has started. Meant to warm me up in the snow, but doesn't do much of that. Not as heavy as I'd like. I see it as generic dark brew, otherwise unable to be categorized. Wisconsin you can do better than this. It's not disgusting.

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Photo of zulufactor
2.01/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

To preface, i did not buy this beer. I was at a party and it was free. To me a fair price.

The smell was malt and generic "dark beer"

The taste was not bad or good for that matter.

For being called "creamy dark" there was no cream. That is to say it was about as creamy as skim milk.

In the end this could be a gateway beer for MGD drinkers ending in a discovery of true stouts.

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Photo of rye726
2.03/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This creamy lager is dark, but not creamy. It poured a decent brown with a marginal head. The nose has some mild malts and light sweetness. The taste was a bit grainier than I expected. Just not much going on here. A watery body has lots of carbonation. Not very enjoyable.

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Photo of summerlightning
2.06/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint chilled glass. A dark red pour with single finger non creamy head that quickly subsides. Just could not get into this beer. Not much aroma, poor on taste, poor on mouth feel. Nothing really to write home about. Not sure if I would try this again.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.18/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

So this is a beer I used to actually like back in my early 20's, but of course I was drinking straight from the bottles back then.

Well, this is not 'good' the way I remember it, though it is better than the other beer's in the winter sampler pack(though I haven't tried the fireside yet!)
There is some chocolate malt, some caramel malt, some crystal too perhaps? The lager yeast is too crisp, and the bitterness too sharp. The beer isn't overly bitter, it's just that it finishes strangely. It's hard to describe.

The beer feels way overcarbonated and surprisingly thin. The fact that it is the color of a lousy brown ale means this beer doesn't live up to either of the two words that male up it's title. It is an affront to all things creamy, as well as to all things dark. No retention, no lacing. Looks flat, and about as appealing as dirty dishwater.

Overall-- yikes. This is not an F, but this is not very good either... But, at least it's better than the one made by Guinness!

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Photo of karengarys
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this on tap at a place that had the entire leines line, but nothing else. I knew better, but tried it anyway.

It arrived in a glass, and it looked like a coke with a ring of froth. I guess the ring made it beer-like, so it wasn't all that bad looking. It did look inviting enough to try.

There wasn't much smell about it, not real interesting.

Taste was like beer. Kinda like a mass produced beer with dark flavor and color added. Whoopee. At least you could drink it without wretching with disgust, so I guess it was drinkable.

Mouthfeel was pretty bad. Like pop, but thinner, with less sparkley enjoyment and a layer of that dark beer flavor. If you want mouthfeel, get the cola, it is better.

Drinkable? I guess. I wouldn't get another. Next time I'll just stick to soda.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep, deep roasted ruby red with a black overtone. Airy, fluffy head dissipates to a tiny layer of bubbles. Surprisingly, there is lacing. Smells of burnt malts and tangy hops? There's a sourness in the aroma. I'm not impressed with the taste at all. There's bitter chocolates in there if you really look for it, otherwise it's more like bitter hops over roasted malts. Even for the Euro Dark Lager style, I just feel like this beer is a mess. The mouthfeel is like that of a lager. Overall, I will never drink this beer again. It's not creamy. And it's the wrong kind of dark.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out a dark brown with a big cream-colored head that disappeared fast leaving a ring with no lace at all.
Smell was weak but had some roasted malt, chocolate and a late hint of coffee.
Taste was watery throughout with some malt, and chocolate, a little coffee later then a quick metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfell was thin even for a lager with very little carbonation at all. It goes down easy enough but you'll forget you drank it 5 seconds later, it just doesn't leave anything to remember. It ain't creamy either, although it is dark and it is a lager. In this case, 2 out of 3 is bad. Unless your almost broke, why drink this?

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.31/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a terrible example of a creamy dark. Looks earthy colored, aroma was of earth and tobacco.

Taste, more tobacco, a little bit of bitterness undesired in a cream style beer. Roasted malt and tobacco rule here. No hops. Alcohol and bitterness way too amped up in the mouthfeel for this style. Coffee even seems to come into this. Pass.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-black color. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty smells come out strong up front. They are backed by a hint of grassy hoppiness.

Taste: Kind of flat. There is barely any taste up front. It finishes with a little bit of hoppy bitterness paired with a kind of generic malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: While far from "creamy," it does have a strangely full body. The carbonation gives it a nice bite as well.

Drinkability: A pretty bland lager. Doesn't have much taste or flavor to speak of. Leinenkugel's has a fairly disappointing line-up and this beer falls squarely into that category.

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Photo of aaronh
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a very attractive beer that just did not excite my tastebuds. It was rather un-inspiring. It did have a nice rich color and an attractive head. It did not seem "creamy" at all, and it had a peculiar aftertaste which I can't quite put my finger on, but it was almost like chocolate flavored lemon juice. Sounds weird, but that's about the best I can do. It was definitely an acidic finish. Not one of my favorites and not one I will try again soon.

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Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bottle shared at tasting:

Pours very transluscent dark brown with a small offwhite head. Light roasted malt and cardboard on the nose, mostly. Flavor is very cardboard like, with a very thin, watery body. Some roastiness is showing, but I guess a decent amount for an American Dark Lager... Not very good overall though, but drinkable.

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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 BWED
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Very deep amber. The red shows up more when held up to the light. Big bubbly head, a little tan, looks a little like a root beer float head, but quickly dissipates.

S- Aroma is very faint, but a little roast, and maybe some sweetness too. Caramel.

T- The beginning is not so bad, with a decent roasty flavor. Followed by some sweetness, but then a horrible metallic finish hangs on. Tastes like I cut my lip.

M- A bit of a creamy feel, which is what I assume they were going for. That metallic finish, though...

O- This is the most metallic tasting beer I've had. Without it, this would be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Murphious
2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice malty aroma but, surprisingly NOT creamy. That is the name, isn't it? A let-down from a brewery that is my fave micro-macro from North America. More body and complexity needed---you would think they just took bottles of their lager and added caramel coloring after "extra-aging"...?

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Photo of Ellbert
2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This wasn't that great of a beer. An average apperance that didn't really say much about the beer. it had a small head that discipated. There was a nice malty flavor to the beer but had a bad after taste that turned me off to it. Not a bad beer but I can definitely do without this one.

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Photo of uwmgdman
2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a 23oz tall glass. The color is very deep ruby, near black with good clarity. There was a nice thick white head a top the beer that slowly reduced to a thin covering with good lacing evident. The aroma wasn’t much of anything, a weak sense of malt, no detectable hop aroma. The beer has a surprisingly thin mouthfeel for its color. The taste is a slight maltiness with low hop bitterness, no detectable hop flavor or aroma. Overall the beer is very drinkable and quite smooth, but doesn’t offer anything special flavor-wise, either malt or hop. It had been quite a few years since I had one of these beers and while it wasn’t bad, I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to return soon.

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Photo of jwilli7122
2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

what kind of a sad name is creamy dark? Beer pours out dark with big fluffy head that settles in a minute or so.

smells like something i've smelled before but don't know the name for. i want to say nutmeg or eggnog or something?

taste is... i don't know, not enough. tastes like a dark beer that is mixed 70/30 with water and then has a bit of half and half poured in, similar to when you make hot chocolate from those powder packets with water, only this one was made with a "dark beer" powder. The taste that is present is decent though. there just isn't much of it. aftertaste of... tap water.

I don't like the mouthfeel. it feels way too light, and a little too creamy at the same time. i don't know. not good.

I won't buy this again.

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Photo of babyhobbes
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
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 Greggy
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark reddish but still able to easily see through.

Smell: Some caramel malt comes through here

Taste: A dark lager with some caramel mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: The mouthfeel was ok but was definitely just your average lager. I don't intend on many more of these.

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Photo of hackmann
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: deep dark cola like body with a tan head that does not stay around for the party.

Aroma: light roasted grains, very faint nose

Flavors: moderately roasted malts, tobacco, faint hops to help keep the malts in balance. Rather simple in taste.

Mouthfeel: spritzy feel from the carbonation, I wish there was a ‘creamy’ feel, mild-medium mouthfeel, crisp and easy to drink dark lager, thin aftertaste

To the Point: typical easy drinking Leinenkugel, not big in flavor, but if you want to drink a few and sit around the campfire during the winter … this should do the trick (that is the only reason I pick it up).

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Photo of guinness9880
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance-pours just like a coca cola, plenty of fizziness and carbonation with virtually no lacing or head.

Smell-smells of burn coffee and thinness, not much to the nose other than burntness.

Taste-Other reviews have been dead on, this one has a mild coffee tast that quickly melts into a fizzy soda with absolutely no aftertaste, in fact the all flavor evaporates from the moment the beer touches the palate.

Drinkability-This beer has a high drinkability given that the taste vanishes quickly with no taste, if there was a budweiser stout this would be it....yuck

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Photo of mothman
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
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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