Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Creamy DarkLeinenkugel's Creamy Dark
BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
973
Reviews:
323
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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23
Gots:
150
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Ratings: 973 |  Reviews: 323
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another unconventional lager from leinenkugels. pours dark and frothy, just short of a guinness in appearance. smells like a standard dark lager, roasty and malty. im guessing here the "creamy" refers to its texture, not the presence of lactose sugars ala a milk stout, because there is no residual sweetness in the smell or taste. the texture is not in fact as creamy as i was hoping, and i found it to be a bit thinner than i was after, but still fuller bodied and smooth. slightly better than average

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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 oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer appears near black in color but is clear dark amber when held up to a bright light, exhibiting no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin creamy light beige head that left a bit of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark and chocolate malts in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the hints of roasted malts are absent from the flavors. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but does not have any interesting flavors and seems a little too watery on the palate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
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 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 oline73
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark burnt umber tone with a deeper crimson highlight in the light. Two fingers of puffy foam that settles down to a few centimeters, with some sheets of lacing. Aroma is malty, grainy and a little too vegetal.

First sip carries a mild astringency, grainy, with a minor roast note and low level sweetness in the aftertaste. Fairly clean but bland. Mouthfeel has adequate carbonation, but it's a bit watery. Papery, dry aftertaste. Something about this beer makes you want to just throw it back without pondering it at all. Not good. It's easy enough to drink, but i'm glad I didn't buy the sample.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a tan, foamy one-finger head. Small amounts of lace.

S - It smelled very nutty and malty.

T - It tasted of roasted malts, almost porter-like. It also had a sweet quality.

M - It had a soft and clean mouthfeel. A -medium-bodied beer.

D - Up there with BigButt Dopplebock as the best products from Lenie. It really impressed me.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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 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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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured in pint glass.

A - fine looking, mahogany color; clear. Nice off-white head but too short lived.

S - like the taste, main aroma is toasted malts

T - no flaws, yet not an exceptional brew worthy of strong recommendation. Minimal hop presence. malty aftertaste.

M - smooth and, as advertised, a bit creamy.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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 NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark pours a clear, deep-mahogany body with ruby-accented chestnut highlights near the base of the glass. The head is creamy, bone-white, holds well, and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. There's some dry roastiness in the nose, similar to dark-kilned chocolate malt, and a bit of dark caramel. It's medium bodied in the mouth with a gentle zest. The flavor is full, expressing dark caramel, almost burnt sugar, a touch of nuttiness, and some mild roastiness that lingers into the finish along with more scorched sugar. The bitterness is solid and it finishes dry. A flash of hops appears in the end as well. Very nice, almost smoky roastiness. Well-balanced. Clean. Very nice!

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Creamy is dark is a dark brown color with a creamy head. Head is below average in height and is a light brown color. Retention is weak. Aroma is of dark roasted malt with notes of coffee. Taste is of lightly roasted and dark bready malts. Again, notes of coffee. Overall sweetness is mild to moderate. Finish is a bit thin. Overall: very enjoyable flavor, if it weren't for a slight thinness I'd probably have given it a 4 for taste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark chestnut brown body with a small-sized coating of off-white head.

Smell: The modest nose has some slight dark and roast malt notes to it, with accents of toast, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: Dark maltiness imparts some toastiness and a small portion of unsweetened chocolate powder. Hint of standard coffee providing a touch of roast. Just a little bit of grainy astringency combines with the smidgen of hop bitterness. Things thin out, both in terms of body and taste for the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Encroaching on being a tad watery.

Drinkability: Eh, it's okay, I guess. A light counterpart to the rest of Leinenkugel's Fruity Pebbles-tasting line-up. Paired well with watching a program about Jimmy Stewart PBS.

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