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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
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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2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
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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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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Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 977 ratings
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