elickd (7) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2002 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A fine beer in the Leinenkugels tradition. Leineís might be the only beer line that hasnít been ruined by the merger with a corperate giant like Miller (except for their Honey Wheat).
Iíd like to say first off that Iím annoyed by those of you who keep comparing this beer to stouts and porters. Itís not thin, watery or flavorless. Itís a LAGER (or Dunkel, if you like); itís not supposed to be thick as Hersheyís syrup.
As a dark lager, this beer has a nice nutty, roasted flavor with just the right amount of hops and a clean, lightly sweet finish.
Itís certainly much better than the other commonly available darks like Beckís Dark and Michelob Dark and is my beer of choice when the wallet is light and everyone around me is drinking MillerWeiser.
With a price weighing in less than a whopping 5 bucks a pack, Leineís Creamy Dark Lager is a great dark beer that can be enjoyed all day long during those hot summer months without breaking the bank, your stomach or taste buds.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Leinie’s beers are not going to woo any serious craft beer lover away from his favorites but they serve as good training brews for beer drinkers who are curious about better beers but who need to tip toe into the realm. Thankfully, Miller Brewing has probably done more good than harm to this once independent regional brewery in the north woods of Wisconsin. I’ve been to the north woods though and people there truly do love their Leinie’s so when in Rome…
Creamy Dark looks the part of a serious dark lager but it comes up short on flavor and character. I’m not quite sure how they can put in enough dark malt to give it it’s great appearance yet leave it so short on flavor notes we all expect from a good dark beer. Not even a hint of chocolate or coffee flavors…just dark beer that doesn’t taste much different from it’s lighter cousins.
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly roasty-toasty aroma. Clear dark brown color, almost mahogany. Head and carbonation are average/appropriate for the style. Maltiness and bready flavors make up most of the profile, with a slight amount of sweetness and some lighter hop flavors towards the finish. Light bodied, and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not impressive by any means, but a decent enough dunkel. Iíd drink it again. It is very easy to drink, no doubt.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Watery. Subtle roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate. Tasted following a Sprecher Black Bavarian, which may have contributed to the wateryness and initial lack of flavor. At $9 a twelver, Iíll buy this again.
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin and doesnít deliver a lot of flavor. Looks good though. Iím a fan of the Leinieís line, with this probably being my least favorite of the bunch.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kind of watery with a very nice roasted malt flavor. Looks excellent, as I couldnít see through it at all. The flavor is a little light, but I tend to expect that from Leininkugelís.
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint, roasted malt aroma. Light tan, frothy head with decent retention. Roasted malt flavor; alcohol is unobtrusive to unnoticeable. ABV must be on the low side. Very drinkable beer, although could be a little more flavorful.
olympian (107) - USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap with dinner this evening. Not very full bodied, but I think looking at it (VERY dark) you expect porter or stout body - no, itís lager, all right. A bit sweet, of course, but nicely balanced by a steady undertone of bitterness (nice job, brewmaster!)
Not al all complex, though - a good, basic dark beer, nothing more. The Leinenkugel family resembalnce is there (a compliment).
Worth a try, and very good with food.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The ratings seem a touch high for this one - to me itís too confused and muddy to be a truly pleasant dark beer.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much going on in the nose and a bit weak in the final analysis - the flavours are great but itís like they are being held back, never really allowed to get going to complicate the smooth texture. What are those flavours? Well a good deal of sweetish malt that tosses between caramel and chocolate, with some toasted, smokier edges.