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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Reviews: 320 | Ratings: 967
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucent dark brown with dark amber accents that have a faint reddish cast. A classic dark lager appearance. The head is the color of lightly toasted bread and hangs around for a bit. It eventually falls to a thin, uniform sheet and leaves a few scattered scraps of lace.

The nose is on the underpowered side and is primarily of dark carmel malt. There isn't a great deal of complexity, but it's nice all the same.

The flavor profile is of dark malt with a wee bit of chocolate and leans toward sweet. The mouthfeel thins out in anticipation of the finish and just avoids wateriness by the time it arrives.

Creamy Dark Lager isn't a bad little drinker. In my opinion, it's the best that Leinenkugel's has to offer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruddy red with a 1.5" sand colored head. Good head retention & no lacing

Smell: slight molasess notes

Taste: Slighlty grainy up front & accompanied by chocalate notes. Finishes fruitty

MF: good balance, although slighlty undercabonated, Never got to the creamyness

Drinks pretty good. A good entry level dunkles for the unintiated

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

reviewed from notes, this one was poured into a pint glass and given to me by my in laws.

the pour was a decent dark brown with light highlights around the edges and a nice tan head that reached about two inches before settling back down to earth. aroma of artifical chocolate and light roast, some light caramel as it warms but nothing over the top here by any means, flavor was clean, smooth chocolate is well supported by caramel, light bitter coffee and dark malts, hint of dryness in the finish with a touch of vanilla. body is light and seems to be off putting given the flavor.

overall not terrible by any means, and it is what it is.

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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 TMoney2591
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Twelve Pines.

Another step into Wisconsin beer during the Man's Weekend. It pours a dark brown with garnet highlights topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose is nearly nonexistent, a fact which was corroborated by others at the table, though some intense nasal digging did eventually flush out some very light notes of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel. The taste is also kinda light, but not nearly as much so as the smell: notes of coffee, cream, vanilla, and roasted malts dance around playfully on the 'buds. The body is a sleek medium, with a light carbonation and a decidedly creamy feel. Overall, a nice little bit o' darkness, nothin' too dark, but something easily drinkable and enjoyable, especially given the more-than-reasonable pricetag.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

How curious - a style without any guidelines. In that case, I will review to taste and since I am tasteless guy, anything could happen ...

My pour resulted in just under a finger of light-tan head that wilted quickly in this unrelenting heat. Color was a deep dark-brown with cola highlights at the edges. Nose smelled of licorice and molasses. In a lager?!? Mouthfeel was kind of thin and it tasted like drinking watery cocoa powder mix. WTF? Man, this was one bizarre beer, even for me. Finish was lightly chocolaty with a mild smokiness on the extreme finish. I really have no point of reference on this one. I am not a fan of the Black IPA hybrid style, but this was something different. I guess that what bugged me was its thin mouthfeel and its lack of Ooomph in terms of flavor. It's a neat concept, but it could be better executed, IMHO.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Chestnut brown amber with a nice sized creamy textured darj cream head, leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Slightly toasted malts a grassy note pretty mute on the overall aroma. Taste: Flavor is a decent mix of lager characteristics with dark roasted malts giving it just a nice overall edge not bad. Clean tasting brew. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body lackluster not much to it. Drinkability: Overall decent priced easy drinking mass produced dunkel.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
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 jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head that stays.

The smell is of roasted grain, a soft touch of chocolate and slight earthy spicing.

The taste is of toasted grain, a hint of chocolate and some roast. Hops peek through enough to give balance to the sweetness.

It is light-bodied, approaching medium. It is on the overcarbonated side, with fizz almost hindering the "creamy".

Despite the fairly aggressive carbonation and relative thinness it does have a decent dark character and enough balance to make it an easy-drinking enough beer. Not as sweet as the other offerings I've had from this brewery, though sweet enough for the style. While this is certainly not a hop-centric style, I do with they would dump the bland cluster hops. In the end, this beer does have a malty, but balanced character and with less fizz and more body could be much better.

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

"Creamy Dark", eh? What does that connote exactly, what might you think they're going for, a porter, a scwarzbier, a tasty dunkel, surely not a stout.
Wel, let's check it out and see, eh?
Color, not brown, not black, but certainly darker than pale yellow...it's more of a deep reddish hue, with a creamy, fluffy off-whitish head.
Aroma: not bad at all, soft, creamy, light, but pleasant and not the least bit bad.
Taste: just the smallest bit of character, before thinning out forever, a whisper of darkish malty feel, with no particular flavors or desciptors coming to mind, maybe ...no, not really, but...not that either, really...maple syrup, charcoal, sausages, I don't know now, I'm just grabbing away...Light/medium body, rather blase finish, precious little texture, not a thing that really catches ones attention, ever, just sort of limpid and lame.
Not a terribly beer, really, and I guess I'd opt for it if the pickin's were slim, but nothing I'd ever really want to have, but...that's just me...enjoy, Leinie's Lovers, enjoy!

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Photo of tempest
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle with frozen pizza on a cold Northern night, an approptiate pairing I'd say. Pours a dark, near black, brown with a light tan head and some lacing.

This beer is caught between a marginal macro lager and a legitimate dark lager. The aroma has an unfortunate cooked corn smell, but the flavor is dominated by a pairing of nutty and roasted malt flavor that are quite nice. Its a shame Leiny's can't follow through and really make this a good beer. Still quite drink despite the flaws.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and smoke. Taste is smoke up front, some malts, a hint of charcoal. Different and unexpected flavor profile. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

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