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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

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

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Reviews: 320 | Ratings: 958
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very dark lager, almost black, that reminds me a lot of a cream stout, but it is a lager and the flavor does not match the appearance or mouthfeel. That said, it is not bad tasting at all, just not as flavorful as it looks. It has hints of dark chocolate and plenty of dark malt flavors, but they are not very strong at all and make this beer a decent hot summer day brew, if you want a beer with a little character rather than a ice cold macro-swill. I have never been a Leinenkugel fan, but now I think I might change my stance on my evil neighbor state's flagship brewery.

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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 wheatyweiss
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I am not a dark or porter type person but this beer was wonderful!

Appearance is a dark porter color, damn near black

Pours with a rich, thick, two or three finger head that did not dissipate very fast, actually hanging around for a while.

Aroma was of woody earthy, moss or rotten wood. A little bit of chocolate with coffee. The most notable aroma was that of fresh cream or unsalted sweet cream butter.

Taste was very full, similar to the aroma but with a very malty roll. To me, it was very typical of a porter type beer. Strong chocolate and caramel notes with a hint of coffee and cream.

Mouth feel was exceptional, with a naturally carbonated soft bubble feel on the tongue. Fills your mouth with a blast of smooth, creamy goodness. Outstanding!

If you drink more than two of these, be prepared to be bloated. A very heavy beer on the stomach, but worth the after affect.

If you like a thick, creamy, dark beer this is one for you. Not to strong on the hop flavor department but the mouth feel is exceptional.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle that I could find. Pours a dark clear mahogany with ruby accents leaving a decent head that disappates fast. Has a great chocolate malty aroma. The dark roasted malts are very well balanced by just enough bitterness but the maltyness continues to the end. Good session beer that is extremely drinkable and a real good buy at $4.69 a six pack.

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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 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 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 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 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 granger10
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one looked quite nice with a lucious brown color and medium sized creamy head. The "creamy" in the name must have meant for the head because the beer wasn't creamy at all. The body was rather thin and the flavors came in rough and unbalanced. The roasted malt was a little weak because of the weak body. A sourness came at the end that was acidic and not good. This one was slightly below average.

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Photo of chilidog
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice easy drink'n dark at a very fair price. It pours a dark ruby color with a nice maintaining tan head that laces and sticks well. The aroma is of toasted grain. The taste is smokey, tosted chocolate malt backed up by a sweet caramel, brown sugar hint. The body is light, thinner than most dark brews. Compaired to some, this would be a bland beer, but its even balanced taste and mouthfeel makes it a very easy drink. A nice crossover beer for the mass pilsner crowd.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another trip to the "Leinie's Tackle Box" here. A nice beery malty odor rises when I pop the crown, but a closer whiff gave me a touch of adjunct? Pours nice and ruby dark, with a spongy head that fades quickly, some lacing. Taste is nice and "clean," but a little hop bitterness lingers. Good roast malt, almost a stoutish tone to it. Touch of lager yeast bite in there, too. Certainly a good, drinkable beer. Wonder if the difference between this and say, the Berry Weiss is that this may be made only at the Chippewa Falls plant and not meg-produced to support Miller's big avertising pushes?

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Photo of cokes
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby. It appears black from several feet away. It's not. Big tan foam on top. Nice enough looking, I guess.
Nose is pretty vacant, but hints at brown sugared toast. Very plain grain pops up as well.
Begins with subtle traces of black malt. Lightly chocolatey, hinting at coffee. Twangy, even, with liquorice hints. Decently roasty un front. Seems schwarzbier-esque for a moment.
Don't get used to it.
Turns sweeter with caramel and brown sugar. Sticks here for a while, with grain intrusions.. Nuance is gone. Carbonation and hopping raid the palate of flavor. Hopping is indistinguishable, but perhaps grassy.
Creamy? Not quite. Light-bodied, thin, pretty bland, and boring.
Not terrible as an unthoughtworthy quaffer. But don't get excited.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had it on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings, whose only decent beers on tap were of the Leine's ilk. This beer has the least clever name ever. This beer is creamy and dark. I don't even know what style they were going for when they made this, but it is average overall (better than berry and honey weiss, not as good as red or oktoberfest

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Photo of elmocoso
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My father-in-laws favorite. Well, atleast i got him off Busch.

Got an average head on pour. Big bubbles, like a quick soda pour. I thought it would soon be gone and it was.

A dark purple-black with ruby highlights when lit. The longer this glass sits, the more this looks like a cola.

Most qualitys of this bev are just a little over average. There is smoky hints in the nose and on the tongue. Not offensive, and its personality warms as does its tempature. mouthfeel suffers loss from slight watteryness.

One of leine's better offerings, and i will continue to drink it as my father-in-law buys it.

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Photo of Redrover
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown long neck with no freshness dating.

Beer pours a dark yet translucent brown. Large initial head that quickly shrinks down to thin topping. Some lacing.

Beer smells of smoked malt and peat. Not overpowering, but very nice.

The beer has a decent taste profile. The malts lend some sweetness, but it is kept in check by the smokey flavor, baked bread, and coffee tastes. Hops are in the background and add a little bite to the beer. Beer has more of an alcohol taste as it warms and that keeps the score from being higher.

Mouthfeel is average while drinkability is decent. This is not a beer I would expect this brewery to make given the rest of their stable. Still it is a decent stab at a style that is often overlooked

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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 Suds
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap during a recent business trip. Appearance is dark and solid, with an appreciably thick, lasting head. Aroma is slightly of mixed grains and malt. First taste is slightly sweet, but less than I anticipated. Somewhat watery, but nicely drinkable. Worth having if there's nothing but macros on the menu, but not worth going out of your way to try.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a Dunkel, this beer is lacking in its nose and flavor.It poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was so dark brown that I could not tell if there was any carbonation in this beer.The nose was malty with a light roasted nose.The flavor was too mild for a Dunkel and it was lightly chocolate.The mouthfeel was smooth and thin with a watery texture.There was fair lacing with this beer.

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Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color with a light brown head of tight bubbles. The head sticks around for a bit. Light hop smell coupled with aroma of sweet, dark malt. Flavor is light sweet malt, with a lingering light molasses and brown sugar. Thin, oily lacing dots the inside of the glass. Not a ton of character, but tasty and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Winter
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish dark brown with a creamy, sort of light tan head. Nose is pretty weak, with a feint hint of chocolate malt. Thin-to-medium bodied. Rather fizzy texture for a beer labeled "Creamy". Taste consists mainly of chocolate malt. Cascade & Mt. Hood hops supply a pleasant bitterness in the midtones that leads up to a dry chocolatey finish. Not overly spectacular, but probably one of the better offerings from Leinie's.

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Photo of cbill
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought the tackle box sampler pack. this was definately the best of the bunch. pours a deep brown color, almost black. forms a cream head that quickly settles but lasts throughout. nice coffee and caramel tastes, much more flavorful than the avergage dark lager. for the price (7.99 for the 12 pack sampler), i'd buy this beer again on its own. easy drinking dark beer perfect for the summer.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No born on date.
Dark burgundy color.
Minimal head and quick reducing lace. Roasted malt aroma. Very smooth taste which a thick feel. Mildly bitter. Emphasis on the malt is notable. Excellent overall flavor, which would work well with a steak or pasta.

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Photo of budgood1
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a pretty dark brown colour with a thin foamy head. the head dies down quickly to an itsy bitsy amount of lace. dark malted aroma...light and pleasant. a nice flavour to this one...dark roasted malts....bits of coffee and chocolate. while relatively light and easy drinking...it has enough malted flavour to keep one interested and intrigued. after awhile it seems like you might be drinking alcoholic coca-cola, bringing the drinkability down a notch. if i had to chose which offering of the leinies family to drink...this would be the one. a good and somewhat tasty beer.

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

A very dark offering with limited head and minor glass ring. Carbonation is medium/light.
The body is medium at best and the taste is a malty sweetness, there is a slight chocolate after taste which lingers.
This product seems a tad flat and weak.
I find very little aroma, just a sence of yeast.
Hohum, nothing special here but I am glad we met.

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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 958 ratings.
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