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: 966
Photo of Blueribbon666
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes
Pours into pint glass a dark mahogany with no head to speak of but with decent carbonation.
Smells of malt and a kiss of hops in the mix as well
Taste/Mouthfeel smooth from the get go, yes, creamy not so much. Crispness of the hops gives way to a dull malty finish that's not watery so much as unremarkable. Overall, still on the hunt for a dark/black lager that I would buy again this seems like a poor man's bock.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Good bubbly head. Very dark brown.
S: Smells like sawdust and sweat, not that that's a bad thing. A little light on the smell but there was something there.
T: Very light with lingering malty flavor. Nothing special here but nothing bad either.
M: Sits bubble and pretty alright. I mean, nothing bad and slightly above average

Overall this is a positively average beer. Nothing bad but few things that really make it stand out. If you like lighter beers check it out, otherwise probably pass.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a warm, dark, semi-transparent brown with a nice thick light tan head that hangs around for a bit and leaves just a little lacing. Aroma has licorice, unsweet chocolate and miso notes plus a hint of molasses. Flavor seems a bit on the thin side, smoky with woody, unsweet chocolate and licorice notes, not great but still pleasing. Maybe this was from not the best batch, or it's better on-tap. Texture has average body and above-average fizz. Overall, decent if not great, and worth a try.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a bottle marked best through April 2nd of 2012 (a little over two months from now). It pours a coffee black with just about a quarter inch of khaki head that falls to a thin film after a very short time. There is quite a bit of visible carbonation showing through the red when the beer is held to the light. There is some lacing on the glass as the beer's drained. The smell is the biggest disappointment from Creamy Dark: I pick up a very faint roasted malt when I really get my nose in the glass, but I shouldn't have to work that hard for it. The taste is pleasant for this style, with the roasted malt assertive but not overpowering. A little smokey, with just a suggestion of coffee. The feel is just fine--pretty good body for a Euro dark, as well as some decent creaminess and fairly clean finish.

While this beer will probably not win many awards when stacked up against other crafts, it has a nice flavor and drinkability that make it a very good value. I grew up with Leinenkugel beers, and I owe a lot of my current appreciation of craft beer to that company. Creamy Dark doesn't try to do too much; and what it does do can really hit the spot. Try pairing this with sauerkraut-covered bratwurst from the grill.

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Photo of Chiefy770
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this from the bottle and enjoyed it from a pint glass.

A: A below average appearance. Dark brown color. Thin head and light lacing. Did not stick around for long. Not what I would call a creamy appearance.

S: Nutty and toasty.

T: Malty taste. Faint hint of coffee. Lighter taste than other dark lagers.

M: The malts leave the taste-buds watering. A pleasing amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice beer for the season. Not exactly creamy and warming like one would think. This is a great dark lager for those who do not care for full-flavor dark lagers.

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Photo of Looneybiz
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical appearance for a Leinenkugel's beer. Nothing really cool on the bottle other than a short descreption on the beer. Pours dark (of course) with a little head that doesn't stick around or leave much lacing.

Smell was very very feint. You could only smell a wee little bit of malt.

The taste and mouthfeel were a bit disappointing for a dark beer. Its not really "Creamy" at all and the malt, which is the primary flavor, is also pretty weak.

I was expecting a bit more, I know leinenkugel's generally doesn't get the best ratings on here. But I do like the taste of some of their beers. This one was just all right though.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Appears a clear dark brown color with a relatively larger and lacier head than all the other beers I've had yet in my Leinenkugel session. Still, I would only call the lacing and head average quality at best. For something with the word "creamy" on the label, the texture is actually not all that creamy either, just a standard medium thickness. Still, this medium level of body is slightly thicker in feel than all the other beers from this session thus far... just not really "creamy" to my mouth. Taste and smell follow each other exactly once again, some chocolate malt with a modicum of roastiness and mild bittering finishing things off. It does succeed at having a classic 'clean lager' character to both the nose and the flavor, but that's about all that strikes me as memorable about this one. Not bad, not really great either.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and creaminess. In the taste, a small roast, lager like and a small lactose presence. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry creamy roast in the aftertaste. Standard dark lager but a bit creamier and sweeter.

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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 Crundy
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue with a tan colored head

S: strong yeast aroma, roasted malt, caramel or toffee notes

T: coffee bitterness, roasted malt, yeast flavors are more subdued, thats about all I get from it

M: smooth, creamy, medium bodied, no aftertaste to speak of.

O: This is a pretty good beer, it doesn't wow or excel but its very drinkable and a great cold weather beer.

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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 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 Goliath
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with ruby hues in the light. There is a two inch light tan head that forms on the pour and lingers with great head retention.

The aroma is pretty bad. It's amazing, but this beer smells just like a pale adjunct lager even though it has a darker grain bill. Anyway, it's got a basic bready malt profile and no noticeable hops.

The taste is basic. There is a dark brain bill providing notes of roasted grain, and not much else. Very basic.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Average carbonation rounds it out.

Overall it's a pretty crappy beer. I don't have much else to say besides that.

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Photo of raznug
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It pours a crystal clear deep garnet topped with an inch of tight white head that tends to linger nicely, followed by lacing that sticks to the glass all the way down to the finish.
Smell: Smells of spices and malt blend nicely in the nose.
Taste: The taste of this beer is rather not bland but lacks the flavor that I expect.
Mouthfeel: This beer does have a creaminess that is very enjoyable and makes for a very drinkable smooth beer.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

This beer is dark brown and clear. It's got a really nice off white head that has a creamy appearance.

It's got a few roasted malts, but there's really not much to smell.

It's taste is pretty bland. It's not got a lot of anything. There's some roasted malts but only a little bit.

It's creamy, the head retention is pretty remarkable. It's smooth and has a nice bubbly feel.

Overall, this beer is weird for me. It doesn't taste like much, but I still really like it. This is also a beer that I can consume rapidly. It's gulpable. Not necessarily a good thing, but if you're not careful 6 of these can disappear in a hurry.

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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 FeelinBexy
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head didn't stick for very long, wasn't as dark as you would think, kind of had a coffee look to it. Got a case of 12 for free, the lady at Jewel forgot to ring it up. A+ of free beers, I'm a preferred saver I prefer to save. Very drinkable.

Overall, above average taste complexity for a cheaper beer.

-creamy feel but not as creamy as Guinness

Not as heavy as one would think

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Photo of PossumMunsen31
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty smooth offering from Leinie's. It pours a subtle head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells roasty with a little chocolate/coffee. This is an easy beer to drink that has a nice smooth finish. Not to heavy for a "dark" beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a deep reddish brown. A light tan colored, foamy head that went away fairly quickly. Only laced a little.

S- All malts. No hops scent to be had. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate malts in there.

T- Not as malty as the smell indicated. Not a huge profile, but definitely some chocolate and more burnt roast tastes in there. Finish was almost stout-y like a Guinness with a little bit of the coffee taste.

M- Rather light for the taste and style. I wouldn't call it 'creamy,' but with the amount of carbonation, it shouldn't be much heavier. You could probably put quite a few of these down.

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I'll drink it again in the winter months, especially if Leinie's remains less expensive than some of the other darks I like.

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

Pours a clear black color with hints of mahogany. Carbonation after the pour creates a nice, medium-sized tan head, however it disappears fairly quick.
Smell has a dark, roasted malt smell. Also a bit of toffee and caramel malt as well.
Taste has slightly roasted malts. A bit of toffee and hops, but mainly roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I prefer on a dark lager. A bit chewy and grainy.
Drinkability is okay for a dark lager. It doesn't have the most amount of taste for a dark lager, but it does have enough balance to drink a good amount of. Drink this if you're at a party and offered one, but don't go out of your way to get one.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola brown color with thin cap of greyish tinted head, gone quickly leaving a spot or two floating on the top. Scent is pail and has notes of heavily toasted malt with faint notes of sweet cream and a splash of unwelcoming onion. Taste carries some enhanced notes of dark caramel malts, sweetness higher than expected, ends with an odd lightly grassy and oniony note. Medium bodied, lightly creamy and moderately high in carbonation. Off notes in scent and taste interfere with a mildly decent beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: The body appears black at first glance, but glows a clear scarlet when held up to direct light; above float two fingers of fairly coarse tan head; ok retention, solid lace. Other than foam that’s not quite as creamy as the beer’s name would suggest, it’s quite lovely.

S: Very, very roasty aroma: dark chocolate, bitter coffee, char, and some grassy hops. It could almost pass for a stout, but instead of background sweetness there’s dry, flinty lager yeast. For the style, I’d have to say that this beer smells outstandingly good.

T: Starts out roasty and yeasty, with dry minerality and bitter coffee roast giving an aggressive welcome. Chocolate and hops show up midway through, with the former mellowing things out a bit but the latter adding some fairly solid bitterness to maintain the challenge. Long, dry, roasty finish. It’s a bit harsh and astringent, but I love the fact that it’s so full-flavored. Again, for a style that promises blandness this beer is simply stellar.

M: The texture is certainly this one’s biggest stumbling block, as it’s rather far from the creaminess promised by its moniker: instead, it delivers a rather thin, watery body along with carbonation that provides more of a tingle than a caress. Disappointing.

O: If it weren’t for the too-thin mouthfeel, I might be terrifyingly close to giving an A+ to a Leinie’s brew. As skeptically as I view this brewery (as I suppose anyone must who has been subjected to Summer Shandy), Creamy Dark has long been my favorite of their offerings. Now that I’ve taken the time to think more critically about it over the course of a review, I’m even more impressed. This would do well listed as a Schwarzbier, but as a Euro Dark Lager it’s really tremendous. If you’re in a crappy bar in Wisconsin that doesn’t even have New Glarus (or if you need a change of pace from Spotted Cow), look for Creamy Dark. Just don’t expect it to be creamy…


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Photo of cagocubs
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Darker brown, but transparent. Small tan head that dissipates and has some lacing around glass.

S: Metallic, barley, malt. Not much going on for it smellwise.

T: Roasted malt, some hop, but mostly a earthy barley taste.

M: For being a "creamy" I would say this was awfully watery. Okay coating, odd finish.

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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 stercomm
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber, cola like coloring, slight tan head that quickly disappears, slight lacing onthe glass.

S - Slight maltiness and a burnt metallic scent, overall a rather subdued nose.

T - Get some roasted maltiness up front, a bit watery, finish is coffee like

M - Light to medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - Doesn't do a lot for me, not a lot of depth or character

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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 966 ratings.
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